Gild meaning

gĭld
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.

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To cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold.
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To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to.
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To smear with blood.
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To make appear bright and attractive.
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To make (something) seem more attractive or more valuable than it is.
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To cover with a thin layer of gold; to cover with gold leaf.
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To adorn.
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To make appear drunk.
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Alternative form of guild.
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gild the lily
  • To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
  • To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.
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gild the lily
  • To attempt to improve something regarded as already excellent or perfect.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of gild

  • Middle English gilden from Old English gyldan ghel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Old English gyldan ("to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold"), from Proto-Germanic *gulþianą (cf. Old Norse gylla "to gild," Old High German übergulden), from Proto-Germanic *gulþą.

    From Wiktionary