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gold plate

tableware or containers made of gold.
a plating, especially electroplating, of gold.


[gohld-pleyt] /ˈgoʊldˈpleɪt/
verb (used with object), gold-plated, gold-plating.
to coat (base metal) with gold, especially by electroplating.
to incorporate costly features or refinements into (something) unnecessarily:
The engineers were accused of gold-plating the construction project. Unabridged
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  • Little John went back to the kitchen and there carefully and silently collected Master Monceux's gold plate.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • That buffet, large as it is, will not hold the service of gold plate.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • The peculiar external feature of the temple is that it is largely covered with gold plate; hence its name.

  • And it was not gold plate either: it was all solid gold of the purest kind.

  • The gold plate and fittings of these buildings the priests had concealed.

  • The king hurried off to find a gold plate and knife and fork for her also.

  • Lady Chillington's cane was ivory-headed, and had a gold plate let into it, on which was engraved her crest and initials.

    The Argosy Various
  • You gulp your mouthful down, but hasn't it been served on gold plate?

    The Sacred Fount Henry James
  • There is a green square box, with a gold plate on it, a box so heavy that those twenty men cannot drag it up the bank.

  • Carthew could catch the dull glint of gold plate on the buffet.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for gold plate

gold plate

a thin coating of gold, usually produced by electroplating
vessels or utensils made of gold


(transitive) to coat (other metal) with gold, usually by electroplating
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