Origin of gilding
verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.
Origin of gild1
Examples from the Web for gilding
Gilding and tinsel were no longer bright to her, silks and velvet were no longer soft.The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
For this he was gilded all over, and this gilding suited him and his family very well.What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
The lily might be no better for the gilding, but it displayed her charm to the full.A Top-Floor Idyl|George van Schaick
Their hulls are rich in gilding and in colors—green, red, pink, and blue.With the French in France and Salonika|Richard Harding Davis
It was just a cheerful little tune such as they sang in church about morning gilding the skies.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)
- to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
- to praise someone inordinately
Word Origin for gild
"action of gilding," mid-15c.; "golden surface produced by gilding," 1630s; verbal noun from gild (v.).
Old English gyldan "to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold," from Proto-Germanic *gulthianan (cf. Old Norse gylla "to gild," Old High German ubergulden "to cover with gold"), from *gulthan "gold" (see gold). Related: Gilded; gilding. Figuratively from 1590s.