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

transitive verb

: to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold
: to give money to
: to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance to
was hired to gild the company's image
archaic : to make bloody
gilder noun


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less common spelling of guild

: an association of people with similar interests or pursuits
especially : a medieval association of merchants or craftsmen
: a group of organisms that use the same ecological resource in a similar way
a feeding guild
gild the lily
: to add unnecessary ornamentation to something beautiful in its own right

Examples of gild in a Sentence

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The omelettes are sleek and taut and should definitively be gilded with the optional caviar add-on. Scott Hocker, theweek, 10 June 2024 So, the story of this soulless psychopathic, antisocial personality disorder, a person who has basically gilded themselves and done everything to amass wealth and power. Katie Bain, Billboard, 22 May 2024
Damaged gilds the lily, casting-wise, with John Hannah, delivering sterling supporting work as a chief suspect whose alibi would seem to clear him. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 Luxurious Eyeshadow Guerlain’s gorgeous shadow quartet defines and gilds lids with silky, wearable hues in a range of finishes (matte, satin, pearl, metallic) and neutral and bold color palettes. Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for gild 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gild was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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gilded ˈgil-dəd How to pronounce gild (audio) or gilt ˈgilt How to pronounce gild (audio) ; gilding
: to cover with or as if with a coating of gold
gilder noun


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variant of guild

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