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gilt 1

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adjective

Covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
Example sentences
  • With the look of genuine horror he relates how some people even made a living burning old gilt frames for the gold.
  • It was woven and plaited in a manner similar to lace making, then mounted with gold or gilt fittings.
  • The interior of the restaurant is straight out of 1950s Brooklyn - goldish paint, plaster busts and gilt mirrors create a very old-fashioned feel.

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1 [mass noun] Gold leaf or gold paint applied in a thin layer to a surface.
Example sentences
  • Follow the application instructions for your choice of finish, paint or gilt.
  • Let us peel away some of the layers of gilt and glimpse at some of the failures.
  • Crafted in silver and gilt, the 60-cm high trophy features a golden globe held aloft by three silver columns.
2 (gilts) Fixed-interest loan securities issued by the UK government.
Example sentences
  • It is almost certainly better than leaving your money in the bank or buying fixed interest investments such as government gilts.
  • People are selling stock to buy gilts (UK government bonds).
  • That meant investing more in safer government gilts.

Origin

Middle English: archaic past participle of gild1.

Phrases

take the gilt off the gingerbread

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Words that rhyme with gilt

atilt, built, guilt, hilt, jilt, kilt, lilt, quilt, silt, spilt, stilt, tilt, upbuilt, wilt

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noun

A young sow.
Example sentences
  • The first strategy, used largely with maternal lines that are genetically lean, is to increase the gilt's body fat content during the prebreeding period.
  • Furthermore, fewer postural changes by the gilt may be an advantageous behavior to help lessen the incidence of pre-weaning piglet mortality.
  • Diets for gilts and the breeding herd should contain the better quality feed grains, free from spoilage, molds, and mycotoxins.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse gyltr.

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