gilding

[ gil-ding ]
/ ˈgɪl dɪŋ /
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noun

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.

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Origin of gilding

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at gild1, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for gilding

gilding
/ (ˈɡɪldɪŋ) /

noun

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