or·​mo·​lu ˈȯr-mə-ˌlü How to pronounce ormolu (audio)
often attributive
: golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes (as in mounts for furniture)

Examples of ormolu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The article originally called an object in Anderson’s collection an ormolu coffin. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2023 It has since been corrected to describe the object as an ormolu casket. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2023 Specialists stabilized the ormolu (gilt bronze) and enamel panels and, most critically, dismantled and repaired clockworks that had been corroded by dirty floodwaters. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, 21 Oct. 2017

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Word History


French or moulu, literally, ground gold

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ormolu was in 1765

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“Ormolu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ormolu. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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