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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
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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