Definition of ormolu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːməluː/


[mass noun]
A gold-coloured alloy of copper, zinc, and tin used in decoration and making ornaments: candlesticks in glass, bronze, and ormolu [as modifier]: an ormolu clock
More example sentences
  • There is also a correlation between art brass and the traditional use of ormolu in French interiors.
  • He checked the time by his watch, then reset the ormolu clock on the desk, which had lost two minutes during the night.
  • Needless to say, the ormolu retains its original gilding, and the Blue John body is richly hued and striated.


Mid 18th century: from French or moulu 'powdered gold' (used in gilding).

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