• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gilded having the deep slightly brownish color of gold "long aureate (or golden) hair","a gold carpet"
    • adj gilded made from or covered with gold "gold coins","the gold dome of the Capitol","the golden calf","gilded icons"
    • adj gilded rich and superior in quality "a princely sum","gilded dining rooms"
    • adj gilded based on pretense; deceptively pleasing "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility","meretricious praise","a meretricious argument"
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  • Hamlin Garland
    Hamlin Garland
    “There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.”


Gild the lily - If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
Gilded cage - If someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.


In literature:

The red tiles of the houses edging the great square were gilded with yellow houseleeks.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
What they say generally has a foundation of truth with a superstructure of gilded staff.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Gild still with flames this firmament, and be A lamp eternal to my poetry.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
And here the silver goose, fluttering in the gilded colonnades, cried that the Gauls were there on the threshold.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
A still more ornate effect in a book is attained by gilding the edges.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
And I could put her in jes as well with the gilded idol.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
Preparing Surfaces for Gilding.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Only now he was no longer gilded.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Edge-gilding is another distinct branch of the trade, and is generally done before books are rounded and backed.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
This put the gilded dome to her silent, and perhaps slightly unscrupulous, satisfaction.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Why, that, to pass it current too, he has gilded with a title: he is called Capt.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
The boards of the sides and headpiece are at least three inches thick, elaborately carved, and gilded in Chinese characters.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
Some of these fragments were richly ornamented with painting and gilding.
"Exeter" by Sidney Heath
The stern cold world, and fashion's gilded hall, Shall never hear of them.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
His wealth would become the gilding of adultery, and her joy would become perfect in his death.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The first Merchant Gild known was constituted in =1093=.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Because against the early-setting sun Bright show the gilded boughs though waste and bare?
"The Earthly Paradise" by William Morris
The gilding of the Indian summer mellowed the pastures far and wide.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
They were the more merciless for being politely gilded.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The population of Harvey for the most part those first years was in its twenties also, when gilding is cheap.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White

In poetry:

There is no night where Thou art seen:
No light can day afford
Without Thy rays to gild the scene—
Without Thy presence, Lord!
"God ever Present" by John Bowring
Violets lowly beauteous blowing,
Gilded o'er with drops of dew,
Florish here, your sweets bestowing,
He was humble, pure as you!
"On The Death Of A Poor But Excellent Man" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
The Weekly press shall gladly stoop
To bind thee up among its sheaves;
The Daily steal thy shining ore,
To gild its leaden leaves.
"To A Blank Sheet Of Paper" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tell no tales of sheeted spectres,
Rising from the quiet tomb;
Fairer forms this cell shall visit,
Brighter visions gild the gloom.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Solemn grandeur gilds thy throne,
Earth and heav'n thy influence own;
Moving thro' a trackless way,
Night receives thy borrow'd ray.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
I looked again—that moon-beam fair
Had gilded o'er its weeping,
And that sweet flow'ret calmly there
Beneath its ray was sleeping.
"The Withered Rose" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

'Downton Abbey ' creator teams with NBC for 'Gilded Age' drama.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas fans have gilded memories of former quarterback Major Applewhite on the field.
Does nobody think outside the gilded box anymore.
Artist Ethan Turpin Unveils The Gilded Garden.
The New York Times 's business coverage today is good and depressing—a portrait of our Second Gilded Age.
Wealth in the Gilded Age.
The Breakers, a Gilded Age Mansion.
Stanford University's Center for Ethics in Society hosts a discussion on the disparity of wealth during the Gilded Age.
Return to 'The Gilded Age': Portland's Victoria Mansion is ready for its holiday close-up.
'Downton Abbey' creator teams with NBC for ' Gilded Age' drama.
The Dark Side of the Gilded Age.
Gilded Chocolate-Dipped Hanukkah Pretzels (photograph by Matthew Mead, AP).
It's the Gilded Age vs the 21st century.
Obama fights GOP determined to bring back Gilded Age.
Dionne Jr / Gilded Age ideals: Republicans are determined to undo a century of progress.

In science:

Superconductive silicon samples were prepared by gas immersion laser doping (GILD) . A precursor gas atmosphere BCl3 was injected on a <100>-oriented silicon wafer surface in order to saturate silicon chemisorption sites by boron atoms.
Subkelvin tunneling spectroscopy showing Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductivity in heavily boron-doped silicon epilayers