gild·​ed ˈgil-dəd How to pronounce gilded (audio)
: covered or tinged with gold or a golden color
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The reception room, just off the entryway, features colorful wall and ceiling decorations and a gilded overmantel mirror and matching cornices.Stephen May
: having a background of wealth and luxury : prosperous, luxurious
Emily Post was raised among New York's gilded elite.Susan Berfield
… despite the upper-crust background and the gilded résumé, Bonham Carter is a pretty modern chick off stage.Elizabeth Gleick

Examples of gilded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Igreja de São Francisco is a church that dazzles with its gilded Baroque woodwork. Seth Sherwood, New York Times, 30 May 2024 The pharaoh was buried in a gilded wooden coffin that was nested inside of an alabaster sarcophagus and a larger granite sarcophagus. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 May 2024 The entry marvels with its turn-of-the-century mosaics, marble, gilded surfaces and leaded glass. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 The video shows Donald Trump standing at a gilded lectern in Mar-a-Lago. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for gilded 

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Word History


from past participle of gild entry 1

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gilded was in 1540

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“Gilded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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