Definition of gaud in English:


Syllabification: gaud
Pronunciation: /ɡôd


A showy and purely ornamental thing: displays of overpriced gauds
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  • 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.


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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