Definitions for pinchbeckˈpɪntʃ bɛk

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  1. pinchbeck(adj)

    an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold

  2. pinchbeck(adj)

    serving as an imitation or substitute

    "pinchbeck heroism"

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  1. pinchbeck(Noun)

    An alloy of copper and zinc once used as imitation gold for cheap jewelry.

  2. pinchbeck(Adjective)

    Made of pinchbeck.

  3. pinchbeck(Adjective)

    Sham; spurious, artificial; being a cheap substitution; only superficially attractive.

  4. Origin: Named after Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London watchmaker who developed the alloy.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Pinchbeck(noun)

    an alloy of copper and zinc, resembling gold; a yellow metal, composed of about three ounces of zinc to a pound of copper. It is much used as an imitation of gold in the manufacture of cheap jewelry

  2. Pinchbeck(adj)

    made of pinchbeck; sham; cheap; spurious; unreal

  3. Origin: [Said to be from the name of the inventor; cf. It. prencisbecco.]

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  1. Pinchbeck

    "Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. The inventor allegedly made pinchbeck jewellery clearly labelled as such. Pinchbeck jewellery was used in places like stagecoaches where there was a risk of theft. Later dishonest jewellers passed pinchbeck off as gold; over the years it came to mean a cheap and tawdry imitation of gold. Pinchbeck typically comprises copper and zinc in ratios between 89% Cu, 11% Zn; and 93% Cu, 7% Zn.

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