- 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
- 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.
- 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 gild1
Examples from the Web for gilded
Mary Soames is an exception to the rule that gilded offspring endure life rather than enjoy it.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
You may be wondering what work of monumental consequence is contained within these gilded pages.
Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages.
At Oscar after-parties, movie stars clutch In-N-Out burgers in one hand and gilded trophies in the other.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered
June 7, 2014
Even in 1999, this gilded cage of a cushy but unstimulating white-collar career was only available to certain people.
There were other and still other banners, in velvet or in satin, balanced at the end of gilded batons.The Dream
These were the little familiar deeds which gilded his name among the people.Meadow Grass
The trap was not gilded, and he was very uncomfortable in it.The Incomplete Amorist
It is like the gilded poison that undermines the human frame.Imogen
But all in vain—she had to go back and sit on her gilded couch.Cleo The Magnificent
- to cover with or as if with gold
- gild the lily
- to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
- to praise someone inordinately
- to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
- archaic to smear with blood
- a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for gilded
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."