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gilded

[gil-did] /ˈgɪl dɪd/
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
1000
before 1000; gild1 + -ed2; replacing Middle English gild, Old English gegyld
Related forms
nongilded, adjective
ungilded, adjective
Can be confused
gilded, golden.
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Word Origin and History for non gilded

gilded

adj.

1560s (late Old English had gegylde); in modern use the more dignified past participle 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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