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  1. the act or process of bonding one metal to another, usually to protect the inner metal from corrosion.
  2. metal bonded to an inner core of another metal.

Origin of cladding

First recorded in 1880–85; clad2 + -ing1
Related formsun·der·clad·ding, noun


  1. a simple past tense and past participle of clothe.
adjective (usually used in combination)
  1. dressed: ill-clad vagrants.
  2. covered: vine-clad cottages.

Origin of clad1

before 950; Middle English cladd(e), Old English clāthod(e) clothed. See clothe, -ed2


verb (used with object), clad, clad·ding.
  1. to bond a metal to (another metal), especially to provide with a protective coat.

Origin of clad2

First recorded in 1935–40; special use of clad1
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British Dictionary definitions for cladding


  1. the process of protecting one metal by bonding a second metal to its surface
  2. the protective coating so bonded to metal
  3. the material used for the outside facing of a building, etc


  1. a past participle of clothe

Word Origin

Old English clāthode clothed, from clāthian to clothe


verb clads, cladding or clad
  1. (tr) to bond a metal to (another metal), esp to form a protective coating

Word Origin

C14 (in the obsolete sense: to clothe): special use of clad 1
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Word Origin and History for cladding



"clothed," c.1300, mid-13c., from clad, alternative past tense and past participle of clothe. Old English had geclæþd, past participle of clæþan.

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