gold leaf


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

Example Sentences

a frame covered with gold leaf
Recent Examples on the Web This chocolatier designed a pair of truffles, a triple dark chocolate with a gold leaf and a raspberry ganache. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Mar. 2023 The space is flanked by pillars and feature delicate white and soft sage green ceilings finished with gold leaf accents. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 In her radiant abstract paintings, Saya Behnam uses pigment derived from organic substances and incorporates such natural materials as gold leaf, henna powder and saffron threads. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 Gold, of course, was coveted, both as currency and as a creative medium; gold leaf in particular, hammered paper-thin and delicate to the touch, had an otherworldly sheen, and an air of the divine. Globe Staff,, 20 Oct. 2022 What interests me in this work, to adapt it in perfume, is the creative process of Klimt -- painting only with gold leaf, black and white, that's it., ELLE, 7 Oct. 2022 To add the accents, use edible gold leaf, such as Edible Gold Flakes ($11, Etsy). Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 The pagoda had high columns, flaring gables, and a fine layer of paint that looked like (but wasn’t) gold leaf. Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 Mind you, edible gold -- from sprinkles to gold leaf sheets for confections -- isn’t new. al, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gold leaf was circa 1741

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“Gold leaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

gold leaf

: a very thin sheet of gold used especially for gilding

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