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.

Nearby words

  1. gilman, daniel coit,
  2. gilolo,
  3. gilroy,
  4. gilson,
  5. gilsonite,
  6. gilt bronze,
  7. gilt-edged,
  8. gilthead,
  9. gilyak,
  10. gimbal

Can be confusedgild gilt guild guilt

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

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 formsgild·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gilt

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

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

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 Formsgilder, noun

Word Origin for gild

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

gild

2
/ (ɡɪld) /

noun

a variant spelling of guild (def. 2)
Derived Formsgildsman, noun

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