noun, often attributive
or·​mo·​lu | \ ˈȯr-mə-ˌlü How to pronounce ormolu (audio) \

Definition of ormolu

: 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 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, "200-year-old musical clock, a Katrina victim, restored for display in New Orleans: report," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ormolu

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ormolu

French or moulu, literally, ground gold

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“Ormolu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ormolu. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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