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gilded ˈgil-dəd How to pronounce gild (audio) or gilt ˈgilt How to pronounce gild (audio) ; gilding

transitive verb

: 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
was hired to gild the company's image
archaic : to make bloody
gilder noun


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less common spelling of guild

: an association of people with similar interests or pursuits
especially : a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
: a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way
a feeding guild
gild the lily
: to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right

Examples of gild in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Devil’s Horsemen, the company who supplied our horses, had a chassis, and our model makers adapted it, sculpting in clay these amazing rococo-style palm leaves, then casting them and gilding them, and making all the other decoration. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 So, a note to anyone attending the last six weeks of the Eras Tour late next year, which will have Abrams opening all dates, presumably with a setlist updated with material from a scream-worthy new album: Start gilding those vocal cords now. Chris Willman, Variety, 20 Dec. 2023 Evan Funke’s Mother Wolf is just as opulent as the one in Hollywood, the negronis just as excellent, the fiori di zucca stuffed and fried to perfection and gilded with dollops of caviar and the rigatoncini alla vaccinara just as al dente and mesmerizing. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023 The first sale will focus on French antiques, lamps, bronze statues, clocks, upholstered chairs, Rococo gilt wood mirrors and Hollywood Regency decor. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2023 Once the tree is covered in glinting ornaments, dress your fireplace mantel, dining table, and bookcases with groupings of shimmering ribbons, gilded pinecones, and warm twinkle lights for an additional element of sparkle. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2023 Driving home even further the special nature of the piece are the chamfered edges of the bridges and hammers, which are gilded. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2023 Styled with gold hoops and gilded watch (an accessory that boasted its own retro appeal), the dress felt entirely of-the-moment, making an instant visual case for the richness and romance inherent to vintage finds. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 But the beam-me-up rays of light are pulled away to reveal a floating proscenium, gilded at the edges and decorated with a landscape mural. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2023
Luxurious Eyeshadow Guerlain’s gorgeous shadow quartet defines and gilds lids with silky, wearable hues in a range of finishes (matte, satin, pearl, metallic) and neutral and bold color palettes. Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2023 Especially popular among Democrats is the distanced car rally, where honks of approval gild stump speeches with the dulcet tones of the Holland Tunnel the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English gyldan; akin to Old English gold gold

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gild was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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gilded ˈgil-dəd How to pronounce gild (audio) or gilt ˈgilt How to pronounce gild (audio) ; gilding
: to cover with or as if with a coating of gold
gilder noun


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variant of guild

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