A gilded picture frame.
An example of gild is painting a statue with gold leafing.
- 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.