- Gilt is defined as something covered in gold.
An example of gilt is a picture frame covered with gold leaf.
- The definition of a gilt is a young female pig.
An example of a gilt is a girl piglet.
- Gilt, also spelled gild, means to cover something with a layer of gold or gold color.
An example of gilt is painting a statue with 14K gold.
A gilt statue.
Origin of giltMiddle English gilte ; from Old Norse gyltr: for Indo-European base see geld
- Covered with gold or gilt.
- Resembling gold, as in color or luster.
- A thin layer of gold or a paint containing or simulating gold that is applied in gilding.
- Superficial brilliance or gloss.
- Slang Money.
Origin of giltMiddle English, young sow, from Old Norse gyltr.
(usually uncountable, plural gilts)
(comparative more gilt, superlative most gilt)
- golden coloured
- A young female pig, at or nearing the age of first breeding.
- Simple past tense and past participle of gild.
Variant of gild
transitive verbgilded or gilt, gilding
- 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