A gilded picture frame.
An example of gild is painting a statue with gold leafing.
transitive verbgild′ed or gilt, gild′ing
- to overlay with a thin layer of gold
- to coat with a gold color
- to make appear bright and attractive
- to make (something) seem more attractive or more valuable than it is
Origin of gildMiddle English gilden from Old English gyldan from Germanic an unverified form gulthjan from an unverified form gultha (from source Gothic gulth, gold) + an unverified form -jan, causative suffix
gild the lily
transitive verbgild·ed, or gilt gild·ing, gilds
- To cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold.
- To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to.
- Archaic To smear with blood.
Origin of gildMiddle English gilden from Old English gyldan ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gilds, present participle gilding, simple past and past participle gilded or gilt)
- Alternative form of guild.