from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One whose occupation is to beat or foliate gold for gilding. See gold-leaf’.—
  • noun A common predaceous caraboid beetle, Carabus auratus, found in all parts of Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An artisan who beats gold into goldleaf.

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

  • noun an artisan who beats gold into gold leaf
  • noun an artisan who beats gold into gold leaf


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  • Here comes one Solomon the goldbeater, thy Uncle Simon's friend.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips

  • It seemed a long time to Naomi that Solomon the goldbeater and Jacob the serving-lad, standing at a little distance from the wall, haggled over the load of grapes.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips

  • Lord Lumley, Sir Robert Cotton, and other early collectors, for saving so many of the priceless manuscripts from the libraries of the suppressed monasteries and religious houses which, at the Reformation, intolerance, ignorance, and greed consigned to the hands of the tailor, the goldbeater, and the grocer.

    English Book Collectors William Younger Fletcher 1871

  • The best proof of the capacity of Spaniards to spread a little gold over as much space as a goldbeater could is the enormous competition for pub-lic employment.

    Castilian Days John Hay 1870

  • The first attempt to create a popular drama was made by Lope de Rueda, a goldbeater of Seville, who flourished between 1544 and 1567, and who became both a dramatic writer and an actor.

    Handbook of Universal Literature From the Best and Latest Authorities Anne C. Lynch Botta 1853

  • The skins used by the goldbeater are produced from the offal of animals.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures Charles Babbage 1831

  • Lucanor_; the theme of counting one's chickens before they are hatched also forms the subject of one of the _pasos_, entitled _Las Aceitunas_, of the goldbeater of Seville, Lope de Rueda [147].

    Four Plays of Gil Vicente Gil Vicente 1501

  • Selling w-scraped oboe reeds made with goldbeater skin or running a dance studio dedicated to a genre from a tiny Pacific island, might seem like losing propositions.

    ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News 2009

  • _citoyen_ Chaperon, gold and silver-smith, who had his shop on the Quai de l'Horloge, by a health officer, an attorney, a goldbeater, and several employés at the Palais de Justice.

    Dieux ont soif. English Anatole France 1884

  • a large surface with a grain of ore -- like the goldbeater, who, out of a single guinea, will compose a score of books.

    The King's Own Frederick Marryat 1820


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