- 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
Examples from the Web for ungilded
She has spoken the truth, the ungilded truth—how seldom I hear it!Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
It was a rough meeting, composed of rude elements, in a large but ungilded hall in Whitechapel.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
She did not stir to greet me; only transferred her stare from the gilded idol to dusty and ungilded me.
Their lofty neighbour Bolt Head on the left remained as yet ungilded, and retained its gray.A Pair of Blue Eyes
For the first time I am commencing to see him in his true colors, ungilded by my ideals.The Secret of the Sundial
Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
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."