gild

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

Definition of gild

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold
2a : to give money to
b : to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance to was hired to gild the company's image
c archaic : to make bloody
gild the lily
: to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right

gild

noun

less common spelling of

1 : an association of people with similar interests or pursuits especially : a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
2 : a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way a feeding guild

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Verb

gilder noun

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Cocktails Don't let all the glitter and gilding convince you that the cocktail list is fluff. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 Sunlight filters through a piece called Mantle, made of bronze petals fused together and gilded on the inside; the light transforms the middle into molten gold. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Outdoor decor that’s ‘out there’ and edgy," 19 June 2019 Forget the pepperoni, and consider gilding your pizza with a little lobster meat this summer. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "(Not) on a roll: 7 unexpected lobster dishes you can find in Connecticut," 14 June 2019 Guo Pei’s gilded and fur-lined cape, worn to the Met Gala in 2015 by Rihanna, certainly qualifies as wearable art. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and More Met Gala Guests Who’ve Already Mastered Camp on The Red Carpet," 24 Apr. 2019 For Candice Swanepoel, the New Year was best welcomed in tranquil guise from the coast of Cape Town, golden blonde lengths elevated by streaks of sun that gilded skin in a similar hue. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Candice Swanepoel, Samile Bermannelli, and More Strike a Pose," 6 Jan. 2019 Versace’s love of everything gilded is well-documented, from its signature Medusa logo to its enthusiastic use of Midas-worthy Greek key bordering. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Versace Opens LEED Gold Boutique in Florida," 19 Nov. 2018 The pop singer slash actress slash meat-dress connoisseur wore an Alexander McQueen gown—not just any gown, but a ruffled, gilded one from the brand's Fall 2013 collection that's giving off major Shakespearean vibes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Went Full-On Shakespeare at the London Premiere of A Star Is Born," 27 Sep. 2018 But lilies were made to be gilded, which is why hot honey butter exists. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Hot Honey Butter Is the Answer, Whatever the Question," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gild

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gild

Verb

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

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gild

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gild

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

gild

verb
\ ˈgild How to pronounce gild (audio) \
gilded or gilt\ ˈgilt \; gilding

Kids Definition of gild

: to cover with a thin coating of gold gilded doors

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