Main definitions of gild in English

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gild1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cover thinly with gold.

    ‘in 1436 he gilded and painted statues for Bruges Town Hall’
    figurative ‘the first rays of the sun were gilding the grassy hillside’
    • ‘The sun rose gracefully, and gilded the glorious Welsh hillsides with soft light.’
    • ‘The objects were carefully arranged in groups in carved and gilded wooden cabinets.’
    • ‘On a gray ground, molded and gilded leaf-and-flower motifs cover the nearly flat bottom of the body.’
    • ‘They came to it rather quickly, the largest building in the village that was covered in jewels and gilded with gold.’
    • ‘The porcelain handles, which curve to enclose florets, are gilded to imitate gilt bronze.’
    • ‘The hand-carved and gilded wooden models, which fill the room, give expression to extravagant architectural dreams that could never have been built.’
    • ‘Elaborately carved woodwork and paneling called boiseries, often gilded or spiced with gold leaf, replaced solid wood trim.’
    • ‘While most were of a standard alloy of leaded bronze some were gilded or made in gold or silver.’
    • ‘They crept out of the city under the oppressive darkness, and were on the slave roads once more by the time the sun burned through the dry clouds and gilded the plains.’
    • ‘The walls were light pink and the ceiling was gilded.’
    • ‘The entrance is shaded by several painted and gilded roofs supported by marble columns.’
    • ‘The sun lanced through the overcast veil of blizzard-clouds and snow-squalls and gilded the twin vessels in shining gold.’
    • ‘Most were gilded, although painted faux-marble frames are also found.’
    • ‘Almost everything was gilded in gold, and the room seemed to sparkle.’
    • ‘The doors were ornately carved and gilded with glistening gold.’
    • ‘There was a great white and gold fireplace and even a little gilded coffee table with a silver tea set sitting quaintly in the centre of the room.’
    • ‘The photographs also record, albeit subtly, the wear that evidences the many people who have gathered together under these gilded ceilings.’
    • ‘If ever a palace came close to encapsulating what they describe in the fairy tales, this would be it, all spires, towers, and gilded gates.’
    • ‘After the castings were attached, the entire frame was gilded in antique gold.’
    • ‘Gold and silver medals must be made of 92.5 percent pure silver; the gold medal must be gilded with at least six grams of gold.’
    cover with gold, paint gold, lacquer gold, inlay with gold
    gold-covered, gold-painted, gold-lacquered, gold-inlaid
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Phrases

  • gild the lily

    • Try to improve what is already beautiful or excellent.

      • ‘But all of them simply gild the lily.’
      • ‘But I'm not gilding the lily, I truly thought it was impossible, and I refused to address myself emotionally.’
      • ‘Yes, the producers gild the lily when they claim to be ‘now, for the first time’ revealing things about the five leaders being examined.’
      • ‘‘Today we were magnificent,’ said O'Neill. somewhat gilding the lily.’
      • ‘I will not gild the lily; I will say exactly what happened.’
      • ‘I like his playing, and he is a fine musician, but sometimes it feels like he is gilding the lily in these performances.’
      • ‘They believe they are right, and have never gilded the lily.’
      • ‘If you want to gild the lily, scatter over grated cheddar cheese and return to oven until oozy and golden brown.’
      • ‘I feel that commenting on this response would be gilding the lily.’
      • ‘It is not necessary to gild the lily by over ornate presentation.’

Origin

Old English gyldan, of Germanic origin; related to gold.

Pronunciation

gild

/ɡɪld/

Main definitions of gild in English

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gild2

noun

  • archaic spelling of guild