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gilded

[gil-did] /ˈgɪl dɪd/
adjective
1.
covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
2.
having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.
Origin of gilded
1000
before 1000; gild1 + -ed2; replacing Middle English gild, Old English gegyld
Related forms
nongilded, adjective
ungilded, adjective
Can be confused
gilded, golden.

gild1

[gild] /gɪld/
verb (used with object), gilded or gilt, gilding.
1.
to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
2.
to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
3.
Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
Idioms
4.
gild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamentation, a special feature, etc., in an attempt to improve something that is already complete, satisfactory, or ideal:
After that wonderful meal, serving a fancy dessert would be gilding the lily.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold
Related forms
gildable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gilded
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  • There were other and still other banners, in velvet or in satin, balanced at the end of gilded batons.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • These were the little familiar deeds which gilded his name among the people.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The trap was not gilded, and he was very uncomfortable in it.

  • It is like the gilded poison that undermines the human frame.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • But all in vain—she had to go back and sit on her gilded couch.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for gilded

gild1

/ɡɪld/
verb (transitive) gilds, gilding, gilded, gilt (ɡɪlt)
1.
to cover with or as if with gold
2.
gild the lily
  1. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
  2. to praise someone inordinately
3.
to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
4.
(archaic) to smear with blood
Derived Forms
gilder, noun
Word Origin
Old English gyldan, from goldgold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

gild2

/ɡɪld/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of guild (sense 2)
Derived Forms
gildsman, noun
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Word Origin and History for gilded
adj.

1560s (late Old English had gegylde); in modern use the more dignified past participle of gild (q.v.). Shakespeare's lilies were never gilded; the quote ("King John," iv.2) is, "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily."

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.

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