gilt

1
[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of gild1.

adjective

gold in color; golden.

noun

the thin layer of gold or other material applied in gilding.
gilt-edged security.

Can be confused

gild gilt guild guilt

Definition for gilt (2 of 3)

gilt

2
[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /

noun

a young female swine, especially one that has not produced a litter.

Origin of gilt

2
1300–50; Middle English gilte < Old Norse gylta

Definition for gilt (3 of 3)

gild

1
[ gild ]
/ gɪld /

verb (used with object), gild·ed or gilt, gild·ing.

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.

Origin of gild

1
1300–50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold

Related forms

gild·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gilt (1 of 4)

gilt

1
/ (ɡɪlt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of gild 1

noun

adjective

covered with or as if with gold or gilt; gilded

British Dictionary definitions for gilt (2 of 4)

gilt

2
/ (ɡɪlt) /

noun

a young female pig, esp one that has not had a litter

Word Origin for gilt

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

British Dictionary definitions for gilt (3 of 4)

gild

1
/ (ɡɪld) /

verb gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt) (tr)

to cover with or as if with gold
gild the lily
  1. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
  2. to praise someone inordinately
to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
archaic to smear with blood

Derived Forms

gilder, noun

Word Origin for gild

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

British Dictionary definitions for gilt (4 of 4)

gild

2
/ (ɡɪld) /

noun

a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)

Derived Forms

gildsman, noun
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