gild·​ed | \ ˈgil-dəd How to pronounce gilded (audio) \

Definition of gilded

1 : covered or tinged with gold or a golden color gilded icons The reception room, just off the entryway, features colorful wall and ceiling decorations and a gilded overmantel mirror and matching cornices.— Stephen May
2 : 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

First Known Use of gilded

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gilded

from past participle of gild entry 1

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“Gilded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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