a showy ornament or trinket.

Origin of gaud

1300–50; Middle English, perhaps < Anglo-French, noun use of gaudir to rejoice < Latin gaudēre to enjoy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gaud

Historical Examples of gaud

  • There was one for him, postmarked "Paimpol," but it was not Gaud's writing.

  • They no more thought of Gaud than of any other woman, or any marrying.

  • And while they worked, Gaud looked attentively around the home of these Gaoses.

  • Gaud excused herself as if she were responsible for her state.

  • She was still so sweet in her lucid days, that Gaud did not cease to respect and cherish her.

British Dictionary definitions for gaud



an article of cheap finery; trinket; bauble

Word Origin for gaud

C14: probably from Old French gaudir to be joyful, from Latin gaudēre
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Word Origin and History for gaud

late 14c., "jest, joke, prank, trick;" also "fraud, deception, trick, artifice." Also "large, ornamental bead in a rosary" (mid-14c.); a bauble, trinket, plaything" (mid-15c.). In some senses, from gaudy (n.) (see gaudy). In some, from Latin gaudium "joy," gaude "rejoice thou" (in hymns), or from Old French gaudie, noun of action from gaudir. As a verb, "to furnish with gauds," from late 14c. Related: Gauded; gauding.

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