Origin of gilding
- to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
- to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
- Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
- gild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamentation, a special feature, etc., in an attempt to improve something that is already complete, satisfactory, or ideal: After that wonderful meal, serving a fancy dessert would be gilding the lily.
Origin of gild1
1300–50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold
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Examples from the Web for gilding
We rake the grass, and then, gilding refined gold, we sweep it.Tiverton Tales
Previous to this, the light dust should be blown from the gilding, and a feather or a clean brush lightly passed over it.
But a dab of varnish, a touch of gilding here and there, was all that was necessary.Chance
The palisades were of iron, though the tops were tipped with gilding, and they were very high.Rollo in Paris
He supported many monks, he gave largely to the gilding of the pagoda.The Soul of a People
- the act or art of applying gilt to a surface
- the surface so produced
- another word for gilt 1 (def. 2)
- to cover with or as if with gold
- gild the lily
- to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
- to praise someone inordinately
- to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
- archaic to smear with blood
Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden
- a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for gilding
"action of gilding," mid-15c.; "golden surface produced by gilding," 1630s; verbal noun from gild (v.).
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