Etymology
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gilding (n.)

mid-15c., "action of gilding;" 1630s, "golden surface produced by gilding;" verbal noun from gild (v.).

updated on March 04, 2015

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Definitions of gilding from WordNet

gilding (n.)
a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold;
Synonyms: gilt
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