re·​gild (ˌ)rē-ˈgild How to pronounce regild (audio)
regilded or regilt (ˌ)rē-ˈgilt How to pronounce regild (audio) ; regilding

transitive verb

: to gild (something or someone) anew:
: to overlay (something) again with a thin covering of gold
The frame was regilded as part of the restoration.
: to restore (someone or something) to an attractive but often deceptive appearance
Hers was the mission … of regilding the hero of the holy war …Amy Kelly
The Italian dealer Giacomo Medici was eventually convicted and jailed, at which point the Swiss decided it was time to regild the reputation of the freeport …Alastair Bonnett

Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regild was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Regild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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