[ gil-ding ]
/ ˈgɪl dɪŋ /


the application of gilt.
the gold leaf or other material with which something is gilded.
the golden surface produced by the application of gilt.
something used to create a deceptively pleasing, impressive, or alluring aspect or character.

Origin of gilding

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at gild1, -ing1

Definition for gilding (2 of 2)


[ gild ]
/ gɪld /

verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.

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.

Origin of gild

1300–50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold

Related forms

gild·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gilding (1 of 3)


/ (ˈɡɪldɪŋ) /


the act or art of applying gilt to a surface
the surface so produced
another word for gilt 1 (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for gilding (2 of 3)


/ (ɡɪld) /

verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)

to cover with or as if with gold
gild the lily
  1. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
  2. to praise someone inordinately
to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
archaic to smear with blood

Derived Forms

gilder, noun

Word Origin for gild

Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

British Dictionary definitions for gilding (3 of 3)


/ (ɡɪld) /


a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)

Derived Forms

gildsman, noun
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