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gild the lily

Definition of gild the lily

  1. :  to add decoration to something that is already beautiful :  to try to improve something that does not need to be improved <Putting ice cream on this delicious cake is just gilding the lily.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold

    :  to give money to

    :  to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance to

  1. : variant of guild

  1. :  any of a genus (Lilium of the family Liliaceae, the lily family) of erect perennial leafy-stemmed bulbous herbs that are native to the temperate northern hemisphere and are widely cultivated for their showy flowers

    :  any of various plants of the lily family or of the related amaryllis or iris families

    :  any of various plants with showy flowers: as

  1. :  resembling a lily in fairness, purity, or fragility

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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