gold leaf

noun

Definition of gold leaf

: an extremely thin sheet of gold that is used especially for gilding

Examples of gold leaf in a Sentence

a frame covered with gold leaf

Recent Examples on the Web

The lobby reception desk at the Hyatt Regency in Bangkok has panels covered in gold leaf, the same material as seen on Thai Buddha statues. Alyson Krueger, Washington Post, "It’s all in the (fine) details for upscale hotels seeking to elevate guest experiences," 2 Aug. 2019 The ivories would originally have been encrusted with semiprecious stones and gold leaf, which accentuated the beauty of the figurative scenes, and the botanical or geometric designs. National Geographic, "Agatha Christie's adventurous 'second act' plays out in Mesopotamia," 21 Mar. 2019 Wright also chose old-growth redwood for the interior and exterior, a copper roof and 14-karat gold leaf on the ceilings. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Follow Frank Lloyd Wright’s footsteps in Bay Area home tour," 17 July 2019 There’s plenty of beauty to behold, minus the gold leaf, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley). Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "After the show’s over, stay and explore," 27 June 2019 Paths 7, a repudiation of this regret, takes the form of a strikingly symmetrical pile of gold leaf situated just beneath the tip of a drop spindle pendulum. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "These Engaging, Immersive Works Erase the Line Between Art and Audience," 19 June 2019 Her elaborate headdress was made of 20 gold leaves, lapis lazuli and carnelian beads, as well as a large golden comb. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 The ceiling inside is adorned with cloud wallpaper and three-dimensional rays, each several feet wide, that are covered in 24-karat gold leaf and create a sun. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "La Luz Del Mundo church in Phoenix nearing end of decade-long construction project," 29 June 2019 When it was built, the tower was seen as a monument to the Beaux-Arts movement; 1,363 ounces of 23-karat gold leaf and Vicenza statues adorned the exterior, according to a marketing brochure from the period. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Russian Billionaire’s $1.3 Billion Bet on New York’s Iconic Crown Building," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of gold leaf

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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gold leaf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gold leaf

: a very thin sheet of gold used especially to decorate a surface

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