\ 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

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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



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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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gilder noun

Examples of gild in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vinted’s can’t-miss signature dish, which originated at its sister restaurant The Federal in Agawam, Mass., features crisp-fried globes of rice luxuriously gilded with truffle salt and truffle butter. Leeanne Griffin,, "Happy hour of the month: Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen," 1 Oct. 2019 It was gilded over at some point, and restorers at the National Museum of Korea recently returned it to its (likely) original appearance. Sadie Dingfelder, Washington Post, "At the Sackler Gallery, this Buddhist statue contains multitudes," 30 Sep. 2019 M & M Soul Food in Carson gilds its heaping hot link dinners with sides of cornbread, collard greens and candied yams. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Times, "How chicken sausage links became a centerpiece to South L.A.’s black food culture," 27 Aug. 2019 The leaves of every book were gilded, with a reference number painted on. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Takes in the Best of Madrid, Past and Present," 24 June 2019 Those who want to gild the lily cook it in lard in a skillet. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 The lawsuit alleges the monkey attacked the girl without provocation during a tour of Newton’s gilded former estate, Casa de Shenandoah. Washington Post, "Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home," 9 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit alleges the monkey attacked the girl without provocation during a tour of Newton’s gilded former estate, Casa de Shenandoah. Ken Ritter,, "Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home," 9 Aug. 2019 Even in science fiction, where anything is theoretically possible, the lily was plenty gilded before Netflix jumped into its own film. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Netflix and Hulu, I beg you: Stop plugging yourselves during your TV shows and movies," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of gild


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gild


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

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gild.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of gild

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


\ 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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