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or gilt-edge

[gilt-ejd] /ˈgɪltˌɛdʒd/
having the edge or edges gilded:
gilt-edged paper.
of the highest or best quality, kind, etc.
  1. (of securities and bonds) of the highest rating or quality; secure.
  2. (of bonds) government backed or guaranteed.
Origin of gilt-edged
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for gilt-edged
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  • 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


(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
of the highest quality: the last track on the album is a gilt-edged classic
(of books, papers, etc) having gilded edges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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