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gilt1 (ɡɪlt Pronunciation for gilt1



  1. a past tense and past participle of gild1


  1. gold or a substance simulating it, applied in gilding
  2. another word for gilding (sense 1), gilding (sense 2)
  3. superficial or false appearance of excellence; glamour
  4. a gilt-edged security
  5. See take the gilt off the gingerbread


  1. covered with or as if with gold or gilt; gilded

gilt2 (ɡɪlt Pronunciation for gilt2



  1. a young female pig, esp one that has not had a litter

Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse gyltr; related to Old English gelte, Old High German gelza, Middle Low German gelte

gild1 (ɡɪld Pronunciation for gild1



Word forms:  gilds,  gilding,  gilded,  gilt  (ɡɪlt Pronunciation for
  1. to cover with or as if with gold
  2. See gild the lily

  3. to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
  4. (archaic) to smear with blood

Derived Forms

ˈgilder noun

Word Origin

Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

Translations for 'gilt'

  • British English: gilt A gilt object is covered with a thin layer of gold or gold paint. ADJECTIVE...marble columns and gilt spires.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: dourado
  • Chinese: 镀金的镀鍍金的
  • European Spanish: dorado dorada
  • French: doré dorée
  • German: vergoldet
  • Italian: dorato dorata
  • Japanese: 金ぱくの
  • Korean: 도금한
  • Portuguese: dourado dourada
  • Spanish: dorado dorada

Example Sentences Including 'gilt'

A collector's gem with two folding colour plates and original cloth boards, red leather and gilt decoration.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
A four-foot chandelier hung from a high gilt ceiling that rose in a dome over the foyer.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
Dark, uncleaned oil paintings in heavy gilt frames hung above them.
His mother's voice cried out, reached him in the hall as he passed the great gilt mirror.
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
On a distant ceiling, between languorous maidens clothed only in gilt , murals of Mediterranean scenes hang like constellations.
The Australian (2004)
The mirror was cracked and dulled around its edges, the occasional remains of gilt mouldings clinging to its frame.
Will Davenport THE PAINTER (2003)
The much-hyped traditional Indian favourite, gilt , is on the wane.
India Today (2001)
The reception hall was all white, with crystal chandeliers of a simple design and restrained wall panel details picked out in gilt.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)


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