- a person or thing that gilds.
Origin of gilder1
- a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 cents; florin. Abbreviation: Gld., f., fl.
- a former gold coin of the Netherlands; florin.
- the monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname, equal to 100 cents.
- the Austrian florin.
- any of various gold coins formerly issued by German states.
Origin of guilder
1425–75; late Middle English gilder, guldren, with intrusive r < Middle Dutch gulden gulden
Also called gulden.
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Examples from the Web for gilder
Gilder stared at her for a few seconds, somewhat indignantly.
"The stolen goods were found in her locker," Gilder declared in a tone of finality.
Somehow, Gilder, the way she talked had its effect on everybody in the courtroom.
Gilder, who had watched the scene in great astonishment, now interposed to end it.
Gilder sprang to his feet, his face suddenly grown younger, radiant.
- a variant spelling of guilder
- Also called: florin the former standard monetary unit of the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents; replaced by the euro in 2002
- the standard monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam, divided into 100 cents
- any of various former gold or silver coins of Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands
C15: changed from Middle Dutch gulden, literally: golden
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Word Origin and History for gilder
Dutch coin, late 15c., probably from a mispronunciation of Middle Dutch gulden, literally "golden," in gulden (florijn) or some similar name for a golden coin (see golden).
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