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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Other Words from gild

Verb

gilder noun

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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 Bassist Benny Trokan underlines the tunefulness with nimble lines that lope and chug, girding every song with a snappy precision and providing ballast for the strings that gild some of the tracks. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Montreal pop auteur Michael Rault summons the spirit of 70 AM pop radio on It’s a New Day Tonight," 29 June 2018 Scoop out 1/3 cup scented sugar; cover tightly and set aside (for gilding top). Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe," 7 June 2018 Sonically, the songs thrived on dichotomies of loud/soft and pretty/grating; the effect was less to gild aggression with sweetness than to wring drama and verisimilitude from the feeling of internal conflict. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Vonn won Olympic gold in the downhill at the 2010 Games and, after missing the 2014 Olympics because of a knee injury, this was a chance to gild her stellar racing career with another Olympic gold. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Skier Lindsey Vonn leaves the 2018 Winter Olympics with lots of tweets but just one medal," 22 Feb. 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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