One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
- ‘The opaque-white decanters have gilt decoration applied to all the positions occupied by cutting on the colourless ones.’
- ‘Most were rather nondescript, though a few had gilt covers, or even covers inlaid with precious jewels.’
- ‘The panels' frames, of ebonised wood with a gilt slip, are mid-nineteenth-century additions.’
- ‘It was woven and plaited in a manner similar to lace making, then mounted with gold or gilt fittings.’
- ‘With the look of genuine horror he relates how some people even made a living burning old gilt frames for the gold.’
- ‘Danny reached up on a shelf and took down a thick book labeled in gilt letters, ‘The History of Greece.’’
- ‘The interior of the restaurant is straight out of 1950s Brooklyn - goldish paint, plaster busts and gilt mirrors create a very old-fashioned feel.’
- ‘This is the first glimpse the viewer has of the ornate coving, ceiling roses and gilt switches that are a feature of the house.’
- ‘The walls of the hall are covered with leather richly decorated with gilt designs.’
- ‘Although the gilt throne was sufficiently grand, jewel lovers would have been disappointed once again as there was not a crown or tiara in sight.’
- ‘Grace took a step back from the ornate gilt mirror and turned around slowly so that she might examine her appearance from every angle.’
- ‘The porcelain handles, which curve to enclose florets, are gilded to imitate gilt bronze.’
- ‘They were originally gilt and the effect must have been astonishingly different, radiant and looking like a golden altar canopy.’
1mass noun Gold leaf or gold paint applied in a thin layer to a surface.
- ‘When it is time to paint, or apply the stain, gilt etc., vacuum the room and let the remaining dust settle for at least 24 hours.’
- ‘Some of them looked quite lavish, with gilt in some parts.’
- ‘Walter gives two spoons, one which is made of gilt.’
- ‘Gideon peered carefully at a tarnished bit of gilt on the right.’
- ‘Even the piano is decorated with gold and white, and the huge canopied bed has enough gilt to give your nightmares.’
- ‘It was about the size of a cigarette pack, framed in flaking gilt, the tiny canvas itself a wash of brown and green.’
- ‘Or she might craft an entirely new binding and hand-tool it with gilt.’
- ‘People are rushing back and forth beneath the garish marble and gilt, typing, shredding, meeting, talking.’
- ‘You could easily spend a day at the palace, which is filled with ornate buildings covered in gilt and coloured glass, intricate statues and Bonsai trees which stand over ten feet tall.’
- ‘Let us peel away some of the layers of gilt and glimpse at some of the failures.’
- ‘Back then, he did not know they were gilt - the earrings.’
- ‘Crafted in silver and gilt, the 60-cm high trophy features a golden globe held aloft by three silver columns.’
- ‘If you could afford a little extra, you had your portrait painted, at least with a trail of gilt to accentuate your jewelry or a little rouge for your cheeks.’
- ‘Follow the application instructions for your choice of finish, paint or gilt.’
- ‘‘Now I am obliged to read this order to you,’ continued the Pastor quickly, holding up a document edged with gilt.’
- ‘A lighter-weight dress sword with unusual gilt on the blade, it might possibly have belonged to the swashbuckling mercenary.’
2giltsFixed-interest loan securities issued by the UK government.
- ‘Over the long term, this is how gilts have performed against shares and cash.’
- ‘It is almost certainly better than leaving your money in the bank or buying fixed interest investments such as government gilts.’
- ‘When the government wants to borrow money, it issues gilts.’
- ‘People are selling stock to buy gilts (UK government bonds).’
- ‘That meant investing more in safer government gilts.’
Middle English: archaic past participle of gild.
A young sow.
- ‘They raise their own gilts to keep costs down and buy replacement boars.’
- ‘The main signs of mycotoxin contamination to watch for in pigs include swollen vulvas in 4-to 6-week old gilts, feed refusal, and respiratory problems.’
- ‘Diets for gilts and the breeding herd should contain the better quality feed grains, free from spoilage, molds, and mycotoxins.’
- ‘Furthermore, fewer postural changes by the gilt may be an advantageous behavior to help lessen the incidence of pre-weaning piglet mortality.’
- ‘The first strategy, used largely with maternal lines that are genetically lean, is to increase the gilt's body fat content during the prebreeding period.’
Middle English: from Old Norse gyltr.
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