gilt

1 [gilt]
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of gild1.
adjective
3.
gold in color; golden.
noun
4.
the thin layer of gold or other material applied in gilding.
5.
gilt-edged security.
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gilt

2 [gilt]
noun
a young female swine, especially one that has not produced a litter.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English gilte < Old Norse gylta

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

gilt1 (ɡɪlt)
 
vb
1.  a past tense and past participle of gild
 
n
2.  gold or a substance simulating it, applied in gilding
3.  gilding another word for gilding
4.  superficial or false appearance of excellence; glamour
5.  a gilt-edged security
6.  take the gilt off the gingerbread to destroy the part of something that gives it its appeal
 
adj
7.  covered with or as if with gold or gilt; gilded

gilt2 (ɡɪlt)
 
n
a young female pig, esp one that has not had a litter
 
[C15: from Old Norse gyltr; related to Old English gelte, Old High German gelza, Middle Low German gelte]

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

gilt
c.1300, pp. of M.E. gilden, from O.E. gyldan (see gild).
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Example sentences
Gilt yields were in deflation-worry territory even before the government
  announced consolidation plans.
Two of the three were made of copper and the third was a gilt-covered copper
  coin with much of the gilt rubbed off.
But it has done little, it seems, to scratch the gilt from the corner office.
In the main dining room, the walls have been taken down to bare red brick and
  framed in gilt mirrors.
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