A gaudy or showy ornament or trinket.
A cheap, showy trinket.
Origin of gaud
- Middle English gaud, gaudi sing. of gaudies large, ornamental beads on a rosary, trinkets from Medieval Latin gaudia from Latin pl. of gaudium joy (referring to the Joyful Mysteries of the Virgin Mary) from gaudēre to rejoice gāu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Compare French se gaudir (“to rejoice”).