[ gil-did ]
/ ˈgɪl dɪd /


covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.

Origin of gilded

before 1000; gild1 + -ed2; replacing Middle English gild, Old English gegyld
Related formsnon·gild·ed, adjectiveun·gild·ed, adjective
Can be confusedgilded golden Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ungilded

Word Origin and History for ungilded



1560s (late Old English had gegylde); in modern use the more dignified past participle of gild (q.v.). Shakespeare's lilies were never gilded; the quote ("King John," iv.2) is, "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper