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verb (used with object),gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.
  1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.

  2. to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.

  1. Archaic. to make red, as with blood.

Idioms about gild

  1. 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

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

Other words from gild

  • gild·a·ble, adjective

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Other definitions for gild (2 of 2)

[ gild ]

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How to use gild in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gild (1 of 2)


/ (ɡɪld) /

verbgilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)
  1. to cover with or as if with gold

  2. gild the lily

    • to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful

    • to praise someone inordinately

  1. to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to

  2. archaic to smear with blood

Origin of gild

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

Derived forms of gild

  • gilder, noun

British Dictionary definitions for gild (2 of 2)


/ (ɡɪld) /

  1. a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)

Derived forms of gild

  • gildsman, noun

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