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Definition of gilt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Definition of gilt (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of gilt (Entry 3 of 3)

: a young female swine

First Known Use of gilt

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for gilt

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gilt. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gilt

: having a golden color
: covered with gilt

gilt

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Kids Definition of gilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gilt

noun

Kids Definition of gilt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a young female pig

gilt

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\ ˈgilt How to pronounce gilt (audio) \

Medical Definition of gilt

: a young female swine

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