- gild the lily,
- gilded age,
- gilded cage,
Origin of gilded
verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.
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|Tom Teodorczuk|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Scott Bixby|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even in 1999, this gilded cage of a cushy but unstimulating white-collar career was only available to certain people.
For this he was gilded all over, and this gilding suited him and his family very well.What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
The rain washed his gilded harness as he lay with his blood soaking into the crevices of the rocks.The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
The impression is that of the right foot, and is covered with a maradop, a pyramidal canopy supported by gilded pilasters.Roman Mosaics|Hugh Macmillan
While the gilded youth slept the Woman woke and listened, and Morty was left disconsolate.In the Heart of a Fool|William Allen White
Other carriages follow the funeral car, one of which contains sticks of fragrant wood, with gilded ends—the fuel for the burning.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)
- to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
- to praise someone inordinately
Word Origin for gild
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."
Old English gyldan "to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold," from Proto-Germanic *gulthianan (cf. Old Norse gylla "to gild," Old High German ubergulden "to cover with gold"), from *gulthan "gold" (see gold). Related: Gilded; gilding. Figuratively from 1590s.