WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gild1 /gɪld/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],gild•edorgilt/gɪlt/USA pronunciationgild•ing.
  1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
idiom
  1. Idiomsgild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamental details to something already of great beauty.

gild•er, n. [countable]
gild•ing, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
guil•der  (gildər), 
n. 
  1. Currencya silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands, equal to 100 cents;
    florin. Abbr.: Gld.,f.,fl.
  2. Currencya former gold coin of the Netherlands;
    florin.
  3. Currencythe monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname, equal to 100 cents.
  4. Currencythe Austrian florin.
  5. Currencyany of various gold coins formerly issued by German states.
Also,gilder. Also called gulden. 
Etymology:
  • Middle Dutch gulden gulden
  • late Middle English gilder, guldren, with intrusive r 1425–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gild /ɡɪld/ vb (gilds, gilding, gilded, gilt /ɡɪlt/)(transitive)
  1. to cover with or as if with gold
  2. gild the lilyto adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
  3. to praise someone inordinately
  4. to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
Etymology: Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden

ˈgilder n
gild /ɡɪld/ n
  1. a variant spelling of guild



guilder, gilder /ˈɡɪldə/gulden n ( pl -ders, -der, -dens, -den)

  1. Also called: florin the former standard monetary unit of the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents; replaced by the euro in 2002
  2. any of various former gold or silver coins of Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands
Etymology: 15th Century: changed from Middle Dutch gulden, literally: golden



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