gild

1
[ gild ]
/ gɪld /

verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.

to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
Archaic. to make red, as with blood.

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Idioms for gild

    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 of gild

1
1300–50; Middle English gilden,Old English -gyldan; akin to gold

OTHER WORDS FROM gild

gild·a·ble, adjective

Definition for gild (2 of 2)

gild2
[ gild ]
/ gɪld /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for gild (1 of 2)

gild1
/ (ɡɪld) /

verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)

to cover with or as if with gold
gild the lily
  1. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
  2. to praise someone inordinately
to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
archaic to smear with blood

Derived forms of gild

gilder, noun

Word Origin for gild

Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

British Dictionary definitions for gild (2 of 2)

gild2
/ (ɡɪld) /

noun

a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)

Derived forms of gild

gildsman, noun
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