- Gild is defined as to cover with a thin layer of gold, or to make something more valuable or attractive.
An example of gild is painting a statue with gold leafing.
A gilded picture frame.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English gilden from Old English gyldan from Germanic an unverified form gulthjan from an unverified form gultha (from source Gothic gulth, gold) plush an unverified form -jan, causative suffix
- gilder noun
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transitive verb gild·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: Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- gildˈer noun
gild - Phrases/Idioms
gild the lily
- To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
- To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.