gilded

[gil-did]
adjective
1.
covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
2.
having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.

Origin:
before 1000; gild1 + -ed2; replacing Middle English gild, Old English gegyld

nongilded, adjective
ungilded, adjective

gilded, golden.
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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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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

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gild
O.E. gyldan, from P.Gmc. *gulthianan (cf. O.N. gylla "to guild"), from *gulthan "gold."

gilded
late O.E.; in modern use the more dignified pp. form 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."
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Example sentences
And dreaming of a gilded future for automobiles, and those who drive them, is
  what these shows are about.
Their uniform hairstyle, usually the shape of gilded parentheses, was telling.
At some point, the gilded generation turns silver and retires.
The tomb contained a wooden coffin decorated with a copper lattice and a gilded
  mask, sitting on a raised platform.
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