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gilt

adjective \ ˈgilt \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of gilt

: covered with gold or gilt : of the color of gold

Origin and Etymology of gilt

Middle English, from past participle of gilden to gild


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gilt

noun

Definition of gilt

1 : gold or something that resembles gold laid on a surface
2 slang : money
3 : superficial brilliance
4 : a bond issued by the government of the United Kingdom

Origin and Etymology of gilt

see 1gilt


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gilt

noun

Definition of gilt

: a young female swine

Origin and Etymology of gilt

Middle English gylte, from Old Norse gyltr; akin to Old English gelde sterile — more at geld

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Financial Definition of GILT

gilt

What It Is

Gilts are bonds issued by the British government. India's government bonds are also called gilts.

How It Works

Gilts get their nickname from the gilded edges that the security's certificates used to have.

In Britain, gilts are issued in 100-pound units and represent a loan to the government. The bonds promise income over a fixed term, and the government repays the principal at maturity. Investors can buy gilts from the British government by going to the government's Debt Management Office or via a brokerage service. Investors can also buy gilts at the post office.

Why It Matters

Gilts are the British equivalent of U.S. Treasury securities. Like Treasurys, some are indexed to inflation. Large financial institutions are the largest purchasers.


GILT Defined for English Language Learners

gilt

adjective

Definition of gilt for English Language Learners

  • : having a golden color

  • : covered with gilt


GILT Defined for Kids

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gilt

noun \ ˈgilt \

Definition of gilt for Students

: a thin layer of gold or something like gold
  • The vase was covered with gilt.

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gilt

noun

Definition of gilt for Students

: a young female pig

Medical Dictionary

gilt

noun \ ˈgilt \

medical Definition of gilt

: a young female swine


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