Definition of gaud in English:

gaud

Syllabification: gaud
Pronunciation: /gôd
 
/

noun

archaic
  • A showy and purely ornamental thing: displays of overpriced gauds
    More example sentences
    • It had been a fantastic dream, a mishmash of style, gaud and history, and the Queen's magnetic personality had seemed to blend these together, creating odd, delightful harmonies and strangely beautiful effects.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a trick or pretense): perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French gaudir 'rejoice', from Latin gaudere. Current senses may have been influenced by obsolete gaud 'a large ornamental bead in a rosary'.

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