Main definitions of gilt in English

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gilt1

adjective

  • Covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.

    • ‘The porcelain handles, which curve to enclose florets, are gilded to imitate gilt bronze.’
    • ‘It was woven and plaited in a manner similar to lace making, then mounted with gold or gilt fittings.’
    • ‘Danny reached up on a shelf and took down a thick book labeled in gilt letters, ‘The History of Greece.’’
    • ‘The panels' frames, of ebonised wood with a gilt slip, are mid-nineteenth-century additions.’
    • ‘The opaque-white decanters have gilt decoration applied to all the positions occupied by cutting on the colourless ones.’
    • ‘They were originally gilt and the effect must have been astonishingly different, radiant and looking like a golden altar canopy.’
    • ‘Most were rather nondescript, though a few had gilt covers, or even covers inlaid with precious jewels.’
    • ‘With the look of genuine horror he relates how some people even made a living burning old gilt frames for the gold.’
    • ‘The walls of the hall are covered with leather richly decorated with gilt designs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • Gold leaf or gold paint applied in a thin layer to a surface.

    • ‘Walter gives two spoons, one which is made of gilt.’
    • ‘Let us peel away some of the layers of gilt and glimpse at some of the failures.’
    • ‘It was about the size of a cigarette pack, framed in flaking gilt, the tiny canvas itself a wash of brown and green.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Crafted in silver and gilt, the 60-cm high trophy features a golden globe held aloft by three silver columns.’
    • ‘People are rushing back and forth beneath the garish marble and gilt, typing, shredding, meeting, talking.’
    • ‘Back then, he did not know they were gilt - the earrings.’
    • ‘A lighter-weight dress sword with unusual gilt on the blade, it might possibly have belonged to the swashbuckling mercenary.’
    • ‘Gideon peered carefully at a tarnished bit of gilt on the right.’
    • ‘‘Now I am obliged to read this order to you,’ continued the Pastor quickly, holding up a document edged with gilt.’
    • ‘Some of them looked quite lavish, with gilt in some parts.’
    • ‘Follow the application instructions for your choice of finish, paint or gilt.’
    • ‘Or she might craft an entirely new binding and hand-tool it with gilt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the piano is decorated with gold and white, and the huge canopied bed has enough gilt to give your nightmares.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: archaic past participle of gild.

Pronunciation:

gilt

/ɡilt/

Main definitions of gilt in English

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gilt2

noun

  • A young sow.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They raise their own gilts to keep costs down and buy replacement boars.’
    • ‘Furthermore, fewer postural changes by the gilt may be an advantageous behavior to help lessen the incidence of pre-weaning piglet mortality.’
    • ‘Diets for gilts and the breeding herd should contain the better quality feed grains, free from spoilage, molds, and mycotoxins.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse gyltr.

Pronunciation:

gilt

/ɡilt/