Origin: ME gaude, a large bead in a rosary, trinket, prob. ult. < L gaudium, joy
See gaud in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English gaud, gaudi
Origin: , sing. of gaudies, large, ornamental beads on a rosary, trinkets
Origin: , from Medieval Latin gaudia
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , pl. of gaudium, joy (referring to the Joyful Mysteries of the Virgin Mary)
Origin: , from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots.