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gaud

[gawd] /gɔd/
noun
1.
a showy ornament or trinket.
Origin of gaud
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, perhaps < Anglo-French, noun use of gaudir to rejoice < Latin gaudēre to enjoy
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  • He took off his cap, and pushed back his splendid white locks, which were in curls like Yann's, and sat down by gaud's bedside.

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  • They no more thought of gaud than of any other woman, or any marrying.

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  • And from la petite gaud she had become Mademoiselle Marguerite, tall and serious, with earnest eyes.

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  • gaud felt very troubled at the idea of going to Yann's house.

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  • gaud was a little comforted when she saw that all the Leopoldines were of the latter class, forming really a picked crew.

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  • There was one for him, postmarked "Paimpol," but it was not gaud's writing.

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  • gaud had but a confused impression of all these things together.

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  • She was still so sweet in her lucid days, that gaud did not cease to respect and cherish her.

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  • At Paimpol eleven o'clock is very late; so gaud closed her window and lit her lamp, to go to bed.

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  • gaud excused herself as if she were responsible for her state.

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British Dictionary definitions for gaud

gaud

/ɡɔːd/
noun
1.
an article of cheap finery; trinket; bauble
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French gaudir to be joyful, from Latin gaudēre
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Word Origin and History for gaud
n.

late 14c., "jest, joke, prank, trick;" also "fraud, deception, trick, artifice." Also "large, ornamental bead in a rosary" (mid-14c.); a bauble, trinket, plaything" (mid-15c.). In some senses, from gaudy (n.) (see gaudy). In some, from Latin gaudium "joy," gaude "rejoice thou" (in hymns), or from Old French gaudie, noun of action from gaudir. As a verb, "to furnish with gauds," from late 14c. Related: Gauded; gauding.

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