verb \ˈgild\

: to cover (something) with a thin layer of gold

gild·ed \ˈgil-dəd\ or gilt \ˈgilt\ gild·ing

Full Definition of GILD

transitive verb
:  to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold
a :  to give money to
b :  to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance to
c archaic :  to make bloody
gild·er noun
gild the lily
:  to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right

Origin of GILD

Middle English, from Old English gyldan; akin to Old English gold gold
First Known Use: 14th century


Definition of GILD

variant of guild


Next Word in the Dictionary: gilded flicker
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Gilbert's relief grass
All Words Near: gild

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up gild? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).