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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Their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, remodeled the building to its current glory—outfitting it with elaborate blue and white exteriors and gilding on nearly every surface inside. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Nazi Prisons to Cat Sanctuaries, Explore the Many Lives of These Russian Palaces," 19 Aug. 2019 Khaled el-Anany told reporters that work on the outermost coffin, which is made of wood and gilded with gold, is expected to take at least eight months. chicagotribune.com, "Egypt begins first-ever restoration work on King Tut’s golden coffin," 4 Aug. 2019 Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters Sunday that work on the outermost coffin, made of wood and gilded with gold, will take at least eight months. Washington Post, "Egypt begins restoration on King Tut’s golden coffin," 4 Aug. 2019 Kent also fumbles a little in the final act, over-gilding her multiple endings and adding sentiment where none is needed. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale is a brutal, affecting frontier drama," 1 Aug. 2019 Traditionally, the bird would be deep-fried without a crumb coat to create crisp skin, but Almendinger gilds the lily with some cornmeal, flour and a little salt to create an irresistible crumb coating. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "At Elephant Bar in St. Paul’s Lowertown, it’s all rich flavors, spice and beautiful plates," 1 Aug. 2019 Sondheim’s lyrics can always be counted on for tickling cleverness, but performers sometimes gild the lily with silly mugging. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Into the Woods’ and stars align in magical night at the Hollywood Bowl," 28 July 2019 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

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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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