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Definition of "gilding" []

  • The art or process of applying gilt to a surface. (noun)
  • Gold leaf or a paint containing or simulating gold; gilt. (noun)
  • Something used to give a superficially attractive appearance. (noun)
  • The act or art of applying gilt to a surface (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The surface so produced (noun)

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Use "gilding" in a sentence
  • "This final act of generosity is what she calls gilding the lily."
  • "The phrase gilding the lily comes to mind but it's more like drenching- in pure picante goodness!"
  • "WASHINGTON was old, dignified and wealthy; and these factitious advantages, never to be despised in gilding a contemporary renown, possessed, unquestionably, a greater influence upon the men of his times, than they would exert among us to-day."