gild

1 [gild]
verb (used with object), gilded or gilt, gilding.
1.
to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
2.
to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
3.
Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
Idioms
4.
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.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English gilden, Old English -gyldan; akin to gold

gildable, adjective
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gild

2 [gild]
noun
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gild1 (ɡɪld)
 
vb , gilds, gilding, gilded, gilt
1.  to cover with or as if with gold
2.  gild the lily
 a.  to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
 b.  to praise someone inordinately
3.  to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
4.  archaic to smear with blood
 
[Old English gyldan, from goldgold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden]
 
'gilder1
 
n

gild2 (ɡɪld)
 
n
a variant spelling of guild
 
'gildsman2
 
n

guild or gild (ɡɪld)
 
n
1.  an organization, club, or fellowship
2.  (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
3.  ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gjald payment, gildi guild; related to Old English gield offering, Old High German gelt money]
 
gild or gild
 
n
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gjald payment, gildi guild; related to Old English gield offering, Old High German gelt money]

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gild
O.E. gyldan, from P.Gmc. *gulthianan (cf. O.N. gylla "to guild"), from *gulthan "gold."
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Example sentences
If you must gild the lily, choose from the brief list of toppings.
Methinks you gild the lily to much and lose credibility.
He has perched on rooftops to gild the domes of buildings.
No attempt has been made to gild the chronicle with rhetorical romance.
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