1 of 3


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


2 of 3

noun (1)

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


3 of 3

noun (2)

: a young female swine

Examples of gilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Meanwhile, the spine of the book reveals a flash of silver foil lettering, the pages gleam with silver gilt edges. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Marching very much to his own drummer, and arguably presenting a recognizable Royal Navy silhouette to the largely British assembly on Sunday night, was Bradley Cooper, who grinned and bore it when his portrayal of Leonard Bernstein pulled no gilt drama mask trophy. Guy Martin, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The interior was elegant with lace curtains, crimson velvet and green plush, gilt mirrors, gold and bronze chandeliers and marble mantels. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2024 The watch features a 36 mm stainless-steel case that houses a glossy black dial, complete with gilt graphics and golden luminous material on the hands and indexes. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 Which is why Bill Gates and I were sitting in two stiff, gilt chairs in a room that seemed to be made of gold in Paris’s Élysée Palace, a short walk from the Eiffel Tower, hoping to convince French President Jacques Chirac to join in. Rajiv J. Shah, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2023 An ancient gilt bronze Buddhist sculpture that traveled a circuitous and legally questionable route from a rice paddy in southern Cambodia to the capital of Australia will soon be headed back to its homeland. Natasha Frost,, 3 Aug. 2023 The brass hardware and fixtures speak to the gilt frame. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 9 Aug. 2023 Instead of plain mirrored walls, take note of this space by Ken Fulk and install an elaborate floor-length gilt mirror, hang pendants, and secure pretty wall sconces for task lighting. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 19 July 2023
Britain’s bond market rout in September 2022 offered a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when investors reject a government’s plan to borrow more. UK government bonds, or gilts, and the pound sold off sharply, partly in response to plans by Truss to issue more debt in order to pay for tax cuts. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 The 10-year gilt yield rises 8 basis points to 3.823% while the 2-year gilt yield rises 2bps to last trade at 4.249%, Tradeweb data show. WSJ, 8 Jan. 2024 The yield on 30-year government bonds, or gilts, hit its highest level in 20 years this week, higher even than during Truss’s tenure. Mark Thompson, CNN, 5 Oct. 2023 However, Mizuho says that the worst for gilts is likely over as the Bank of England’s base rate looks to have peaked. WSJ, 18 Dec. 2023 Crack open any page of this leather-bound, gilt edged Smythson version and this world traveler would likely have a story to tell. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2023 The venue was decorated like Lauren’s Colorado Ranch by way of the Big Apple, with plush white chairs, chandeliers hanging by ropes, and walls lined with empty gilt frames. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Sep. 2023 He’s had a wide-ranging career, reporting on the gilt and drama of the Gulf Coast, acting off-off-Broadway, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, publishing novels, and joining the White House press corps in Florida on 9/11. Brandon Sanchez, Vulture, 2 Aug. 2023 Traders piled into gilts, particularly those with short maturities, betting that the Bank of England is now less likely to raise interest rates aggressively in the coming months. WSJ, 19 July 2023

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Word History


Adjective and Noun (1)

Middle English, from past participle of gilden to gild

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adjective
: of the color of gold


2 of 3 noun
: gold or something like gold laid on a surface


3 of 3 noun
: a young female pig

Medical Definition


: a young female swine

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