[gil-did] /ˈgɪl dɪd/
covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.
verb (used with object), gilded or gilt, gilding.
to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
gild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamentation, a special feature, etc., in an attempt to improve something that is already complete, satisfactory, or ideal:
After that wonderful meal, serving a fancy dessert would be gilding the lily.
verb (transitive) gilds, gilding, gilded, gilt (ɡɪlt)
to cover with or as if with gold
gild the lily
to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
(archaic) to smear with blood
a variant spelling of guild (sense 2)
1560s (late Old English had gegylde); in modern use the more dignified past participle of gild (q.v.). Shakespeare’s lilies were never gilded; the quote (“King John,” iv.2) is, “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily.”
Old English gyldan “to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold,” from Proto-Germanic *gulthianan (cf. Old Norse gylla “to gild,” Old High German ubergulden “to cover with gold”), from *gulthan “gold” (see gold). Related: Gilded; gilding. Figuratively from 1590s.
noun 1. the period in the U.S. c1870–98, characterized by a greatly expanding economy and the emergence of plutocratic influences in government and society. noun in the US, a period c 1870 to 1898 (or World War I), which was marked by the growth of industry and wealth which supported materialism and political corruption Word […]
- Gilded cage
To be like “a bird in a gilded cage” is to live in luxury but without freedom: “Because the movie star could not go out without being recognized and pursued, she stayed in her penthouse, living like a bird in a gilded cage.” The encumbrances or limitations that often accompany material wealth, as in She […]
[gil-der] /ˈgɪl dər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . [gil-der] /ˈgɪl dər/ noun 1. . [gil-der] /ˈgɪl dər/ noun 1. a silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands until the was adopted, equal to 100 cents; florin. Abbreviation: Gld., f., fl. 2. a former gold coin of the Netherlands; florin. […]
[gild-hawl] /ˈgɪldˌhɔl/ noun 1. . [gild-hawl] /ˈgɪldˌhɔl/ noun 1. (in Britain) the hall built or used by a guild or corporation for its assemblies; town hall. /ˈɡɪldˌhɔːl/ noun 1. (Brit) 2. Also gildhall. the meeting place of a medieval guild