There are 2 main definitions of gild in English:

Share this entry

gild 1

Line breaks: gild

verb

[with object] (often as adjective gilded)
1Cover thinly with gold: Camelot’s gilded towers figurative the first rays of the sun were gilding the grassy hillside
More example sentences
  • While most were of a standard alloy of leaded bronze some were gilded or made in gold or silver.
  • They came to it rather quickly, the largest building in the village that was covered in jewels and gilded with gold.
  • Almost everything was gilded in gold, and the room seemed to sparkle.
Synonyms
cover with gold, paint gold, lacquer gold, inlay with gold
1.1 (as adjective gilded) Wealthy and privileged: the gilded fools who surrounded the Prince
More example sentences
  • He was said to be behind many of the biggest house sales, earning substantial commissions, while destroying the gilded world he inhabited.
  • Even makeup has been touched by the gold rush, with shimmering powders and glitter nail varnishes in the shops to help create the gilded glamour look.
  • As she contemplates a gilded future, she will perhaps be dreaming about fast cars, yachts and palatial houses.

Origin

Old English gyldan, of Germanic origin; related to gold.

Phrases

gild the lily

1
Try to improve what is already beautiful or excellent.
[Misquotation, from ‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily; to throw perfume on the violet, … is wasteful, and ridiculous excess’ (Shakespeare's King John vi. ii. 11.)]
Example sentences
  • ‘Today we were magnificent,’ said O'Neill. somewhat gilding the lily.
  • I feel that commenting on this response would be gilding the lily.
  • They believe they are right, and have never gilded the lily.

Derivatives

gilder

1
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪldə/
noun
Example sentences
  • Such results were deliberately expensive and labor intensive, requiring the most inventive designers, skilled carvers, expert gilders, and experienced glassmakers.
  • The firm employed approximately one hundred specialized workers including gilders, carpenters, upholsterers, repairmen, and glaziers.
  • Many artists were also gilders, frame makers, or sign and coach painters.

Words that rhyme with gild

build, deskilled, guild, self-willed, sild, unfilled, unfulfilled, unskilled, untilled, upbuild

Definition of gild in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of gild in English:

Share this entry

gild 2 Line breaks: gild

noun

Archaic spelling of guild.

Definition of gild in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
noun
a stupid person