Definition of gaud in English:

gaud

noun

Archaic
  • A showy and purely ornamental thing.

    ‘displays of overpriced gauds’
    • ‘It had been a fantastic dream, a mishmash of style, gaud and history, and the Queen's magnetic personality had seemed to blend these together, creating odd, delightful harmonies and strangely beautiful effects.’
    ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toy
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a trick or pretense): perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French gaudir rejoice from Latin gaudere. Current senses may have been influenced by obsolete gaud a large ornamental bead in a rosary.

Pronunciation:

gaud

/ɡôd/