• WordNet 3.6
    • v gild decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
    • n gild a formal association of people with similar interests "he joined a golf club","they formed a small lunch society","men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gild To give a fair but deceptive outward appearance to; to embellish; as, to gild a lie.
    • Gild To make attractive; to adorn; to brighten. "Let oft good humor, mild and gay, Gild the calm evening of your day."
    • Gild To make red with drinking. "This grand liquior that hath gilded them."
    • Gild To overlay with a thin covering of gold; to cover with a golden color; to cause to look like gold. "Gilded chariots.""No more the rising sun shall gild the morn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gild To overlay with gold, either in leaf or powder or in amalgam with quicksilver; overspread with a thin covering of gold.
    • gild To give the appearance of gold to, whether by means of actual gold-leaf or in some other way, as by lacquering polished brass, bronzing with gold-colored bronze-powder, or the like. To distinguish real gilding with gold from the above, such terms as fire-gilding, leaf-gilding, etc., are in common use. See gilding.
    • gild In old chemistry, to impregnate or saturate with gold.
    • gild Figuratively To give a golden appearance or color to; illuminate; brighten; render bright; make glowing.
    • gild To give a fair and agreeable external appearance to; recommend to favor and reception by superficial decoration: as, to gild flattery or falsehood.
    • gild To make drunk: in allusion to the effect of liquor in causing the face to glow.
    • n gild An association or corporation established for the promotion of common objects, or mutual aid and protection in common pursuits, and supported (originally) by the contributions of its members. In medieval times all European mechanics and traders were organized into gilds, which possessed important legal powers and often exercised great political influence. Many of these still exist in Great Britain, especially in London, as the Stationers' or the Ironmongers' Gild. There were also gilds of professional men; and associations for pious and charitable objects bearing the name of gilds are common in some churches. See fraternity, 4.
    • n gild A gildhall.
    • gild To sell.
    • n gild See geld.
    • gild To electroplate by depositing a layer of gold from an electric bath.
    • gild To eat the alloy out of (a low-grade gold) by means of an acid, leaving the fine gold on the surface.
    • n gild In phytogeography, one of several groups of plants which depend for their existence on other plants. The gilds (German genossen-schaften), according to Schimper, are four in number: lianes, epiphytes, saprophytes, and parasites. See epiphyte, 1, liana, parasite, 2 , and saprophyte, A group of species which, owing to their like adaptations under fit conditions, invade a new region together and in mass. Pound and Clements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gild gild to cover or overlay with gold: to cover with any gold-like substance: to gloss over: to adorn with lustre
    • pr.p Gild gild′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. gild′ed or gilt
    • n Gild an association of men for mutual aid: a corporation:
    • n Gild (orig.) an association in a town where payment was made for mutual support and protection
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. gyldan, from gold, gold. √234. See Gold
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gild, money—gildan, to pay.


In literature:

"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Most of these men were assembled this night beneath the gilded roof of Caius Nepos' house.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Another prominent pagoda is the gilded Sule.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
Brains are far more useful than swords in Delgratz to-day, and this, at the best, is but a gilded toy.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Gilded sandals were on their feet, and they blew their silvery notes with a will.
"Princess Polly At Play" by Amy Brooks
And the "gilded one" smiles at his queen, and lifts a cup of rosy wine to his lips.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
This reredos was unveiled with much pomp and ceremony in 1873, and recently has been profusely gilded.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
It is a pretty little chapel full of painting and gilding.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
A second detachment of the Silver Guard numbering about five hundred, and at last the great gilded coach and six hove into sight.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
First, a very large amount of gold more than people would imagine is annually wasted in gilding.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey

In poetry:

Ask the rich man in gilded pomp,
A prey to racking pain;
He then their value justly owns,
And tells thee they are vain.
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
When she gilds our calm horizon
With her pure unsullied ray;
She increases in her radiance,
Till she reach the perfect day.
"An Effusion" by Elizabeth Bath
The star and glory of the land
Hath now begun to shine;
The morning that shall gild the globe
Breaks on these eyes of mine!
"Hymn VIII. When Jesus," by John Logan
Oh, if I could but paint them,
Could hint the twilight's art,
What scenes of heavenly splendor
Would gild each human heart.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Since then the light that gilds the sands,
And glimmers on the sea,
But vainly struggles to reflect
The radiant soul of thee.
"Lyrics Of Love And Sorrow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The meek-ey'd dawn, in saffron robe,
Proclaim'd the opening day,
Up rose the sun to gild the globe,
And hail the new-born May;
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More

In news:

In this image taken on Oct 15, 2012, gilded chocolate-dipped Hanukkah pretzels are shown in Concord, N.H.
Don't let Mitt Romney return the United States to the Gilded Age: letter to the editor.
It was called "The Gilded Age," when 1 percent to 2 percent of the population controlled most of the wealth in our country.
"The Richest Woman in America" Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach.
The English Bible in the Gilded Age.
The Gilded Age's dirty politics.
We attended the Gilded Age runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to learn about the right—and the very, very wrong—way for guys to approach color.
Extremism in defense of Gilded Age privilege.
A look at Narragansett in the Gilded Age.
Ventfort Hall celebrates glories of the Gilded Age (with photo gallery).
Ventfort Hall was the 1893 home of George and Sarah Morgan, and now houses the Museum of the Gilded Age.
The system that made Mitt Romney's fortunes at Bain Capital is the same one largely responsible for the greatest concentration of the nation's income and wealth at the very top since the Gilded Age of the nineteenth century.
Under the Spell of Gilded Age Magicians.
Because the gilding process involves the application of superficial layers of gold, Twain and Warner's effort was in fact referring to ostentatious behavior and materialism.
Evergreen mansion, Baltimore's hidden Gilded Age gem.

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