Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being a highly ornate architectural style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich, decorated cake made to grace a wedding, It is cut and distributed to the guests, and portions of it are sent afterward to friends not present. Also bride-cake.

Etymologies

From the detailed decoration typical of wedding cakes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The two wedding-cake pulpits and the organ case opposite are as grand as can be, and interior so bracketed is the ne plus ultra of American colonial church architecture, plain and crisp and white, with exquisitely classical proportions.

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  • Another problem: Many of the tall structures in midtown were built after World War II, when zoning laws were relaxed to allow modernist glass-windowed buildings to go straight up, with no frills or "setbacks," those wedding-cake layers on an earlier generation of skyscrapers that were thought to allow more sunlight onto the streets below.

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  • Unlike most New York apartment buildings of a certain height, whose setbacks sit at 90-degree angles, creating that famous wedding-cake appearance, this building's setbacks are sloped, which draws the visitor's eye upward.

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  • What nerve to present an "engagement cake" to wedding-cake queen Sylvia Weinstock. ...

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  • Leah Walden said she saw about five fender-benders on her drive from her accounting job in suburban Spring Valley to a wedding-cake tasting in San Diego.

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  • Leah Walden, 59, said she saw about five fender benders on her drive from her accounting job in suburban Spring Valley to a wedding-cake tasting in San Diego.

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  • And the colors: I was certain that Martha Stewart, who had recently featured Necco wafers on a wedding cake (historically apt; the pièces montées that made Marie-Antoine Carême perhaps the first star chef, in the early 19th century, were made of gum tragacanth, the base of Necco wafers and still the base of many wedding-cake decorations), would be designing a line of paints around them.

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  • To make it interesting, Mr. Kaplan inverted the "wedding-cake" model of skyscraper architecture.

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  • Thursday, with a climate-controlled wine cellar stocking 2,500 bottles, an open-flame hearth oven baking artisan breads, a personalized birthday and wedding-cake service and flat-screen televisions.

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