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gilt1

[gilt]
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verb
  1. a simple past tense and past participle of gild1.
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adjective
  1. gilded.
  2. gold in color; golden.
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noun
  1. the thin layer of gold or other material applied in gilding.
  2. gilt-edged security.
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Can be confusedgild gilt guild guilt

gilt2

[gilt]
noun
  1. a young female swine, especially one that has not produced a litter.
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Origin of gilt2

1300–50; Middle English gilte < Old Norse gylta

gild1

[gild]
verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.
  1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
  2. to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
  3. Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of gild1

1300–50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold
Related formsgild·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gilt

gilt1

verb
  1. a past tense and past participle of gild 1
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noun
  1. gold or a substance simulating it, applied in gilding
  2. another word for gilding (def. 1), gilding (def. 2)
  3. superficial or false appearance of excellence; glamour
  4. a gilt-edged security
  5. take the gilt off the gingerbread to destroy the part of something that gives it its appeal
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adjective
  1. covered with or as if with gold or gilt; gilded
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gilt2

noun
  1. a young female pig, esp one that has not had a litter
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Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse gyltr; related to Old English gelte, Old High German gelza, Middle Low German gelte

gild1

verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)
  1. to cover with or as if with gold
  2. gild the lily
    1. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
    2. to praise someone inordinately
  3. to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
  4. archaic to smear with blood
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Derived Formsgilder, noun

Word Origin

Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

gild2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)
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Derived Formsgildsman, noun
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Word Origin and History for gilt

adj.

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.).

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gild

v.

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.

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