There are 2 definitions of gild in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡɪld
 
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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

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.)]
More 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

noun
More 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.

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