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gilt-edged

or gilt-edge

[gilt-ejd] /ˈgɪltˌɛdʒd/
adjective
1.
having the edge or edges gilded:
gilt-edged paper.
2.
of the highest or best quality, kind, etc.
3.
Finance.
  1. (of securities and bonds) of the highest rating or quality; secure.
  2. (of bonds) government backed or guaranteed.
Origin of gilt-edged
1810-1820
1810-20
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Examples from the Web for gilt-edged
Historical Examples
  • It contained, finally, hung over the sofa in a gilt-edged glass case, a mysterious round creation.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • You see here thirty millions in gilt-edged stocks and bonds.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • You couldn't get me aboard any gilt-edged yacht that floats!

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • It is not because it is not gilt-edged, but because of the peculiar situation of it.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • A gilt-edged folio was all a-gape, showing three of its leaves disgracefully dog's-eared.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • How glad I was that I did not buy that gilt-edged saber of the chaplain.

  • This letter had no name signed to it, and no date—it was written on gilt-edged note-paper, and richly perfumed.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • Well, I found that the librarian was the tall girl you call the gilt-edged.

    Vistas of New York Brander Matthews
  • The speculative ones were not paid up; and the gilt-edged ones just paid the calls on them until the whole show burst up.

    The Inca of Perusalem George Bernard Shaw
  • In it, written on gilt-edged paper, were the lines of the song.

British Dictionary definitions for gilt-edged

gilt-edged

adjective
1.
(stock exchange) denoting government securities on which interest payments will certainly be met and that will certainly be repaid at par on the due date
2.
of the highest quality: the last track on the album is a gilt-edged classic
3.
(of books, papers, etc) having gilded edges
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