[ gil-did ]
/ ˈgɪl dɪd /


covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.

Origin of gilded

before 1000; gild1 + -ed2; replacing Middle English gild, Old English gegyld

Related forms

non·gild·ed, adjectiveun·gild·ed, adjective

Can be confused

gilded golden

Definition for gilded (2 of 2)


[ 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.

Origin of gild

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

Related forms

gild·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gilded

British Dictionary definitions for gilded (1 of 2)


/ (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

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 gilded (2 of 2)


/ (ɡɪld) /


a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)

Derived Forms

gildsman, noun
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