- a simple past tense and past participle of gild1.
- gold in color; golden.
- the thin layer of gold or other material applied in gilding.
- gilt-edged security.
- a young female swine, especially one that has not produced a litter.
Origin of gilt2
- 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 gilt
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
While sites like Gilt may carry many of the same marquee designers, so far, their bargains have not been comparable.RIP Loehmann’s: Another Nail in the Coffin for America’s Middle Class
February 24, 2014
Ruth Reichl recently took on the role of editorial adviser at Gilt Taste.What Women Drink
August 22, 2011
Susan LyneChairman, Gilt Groupe Susan Lyne serves as Chairman of Gilt Groupe.Participants in the 2011 Women in the World Summit
The Daily Beast
March 1, 2011
Above a couch, the last supper is rendered in marble and mounted to the wall in a gilt frame.Iraqi Christians Celebrate in Exile
December 25, 2010
On them were engraved in gilt letters, "The Peninsula" and "Waterloo."The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence
Tris had on his best uniform––blue broadcloth and gilt buttons.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Nice, slick-lookin' craft she was, too, all varnish and gilt gorgeousness.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
And I can believe in the gilt; the genuine part is what I am most doubtful of.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
Yes, they are in gold; but let him believe that they are in gilt brass.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- a past tense and past participle of gild 1
- covered with or as if with gold or gilt; gilded
- a young female pig, esp one that has not had a litter
- 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 gilt
c.1400, past participle of Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan (see gild). Also used as a noun with a sense of "gilding" (early 15c.).