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

  • n. Gold beaten into extremely thin sheets used especially for gilding.

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  • n. Gold beaten into a thin sheet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. gold beaten into a film of extreme thinness, and used for gilding, etc. It is much thinner than gold foil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gold beaten into the form of a very thin leaf or sheet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very thin form of gold foil


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  • The barge was wide and comfortably appointed with luxurious touches: a fully staffed kitchen, a dining room with goblets and gold plates, beds with gold leaf on the headboards, privy stool-closets hung with crimson velvet and perfumed with fresh irises in a silver vase fastened to the wall.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • The ballroom at Dunbarton Hall, though rather small in comparison with some of the grander ballrooms that entertained the ton during the Season in London, was nevertheless splendidly decorated with gold leaf and paintings and chandeliers, and its size had been artfully enhanced by a coved ceiling and by huge mirrors along one long wall.


  • For gold leaf dissolved by aqua regia gives no heat to the touch; no more does lead dissolved in aqua fortis; neither again does quicksilver

    The New Organon


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  • Gold leaf is gold that is beaten into extremely thin sheets. The thin gold sheets are commonly used for gilding. Gold leaf is available in a wide variety of karats and shades. 23-karat gold is the most commonly used.

    In some cultures gold (and silver) leaf is considered non-toxic when labeled as food-grade and so can be used to decorate food or drink. Such a leaf is called Vark. They can be often found on a number of desserts including chocolates and mithai.


    February 24, 2008