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gild1 /gɪld/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object],gild•edorgilt/gɪlt/USA pronunciationgild•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
gild•er, n. [countable]
gild•ing, n. [uncountable]
- Idiomsgild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamental details to something already of great beauty.
- Currencya silver or nickel coin and monetary unit of the Netherlands, equal to 100 cents;
florin. Abbr.: Gld.,f.,fl.
- Currencya former gold coin of the Netherlands;
- Currencythe monetary unit of the Netherlands Antilles and Suriname, equal to 100 cents.
- Currencythe Austrian florin.
- Currencyany of various gold coins formerly issued by German states.
Also called gulden.
- Middle Dutch gulden gulden
- late Middle English gilder, guldren, with intrusive r 1425–75
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gild /ɡɪld/ vb (gilds, gilding, gilded, gilt /ɡɪlt/)(transitive)
Etymology: Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergüldenˈgilder n
- to cover with or as if with gold
- gild the lily ⇒ to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
- to praise someone inordinately
- to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
gild /ɡɪld/ n
- a variant spelling of guild
guilder, gilder /ˈɡɪldə/gulden n ( pl -ders, -der, -dens, -den)
Etymology: 15th Century: changed from Middle Dutch gulden, literally: golden
Also called: florin the former standard monetary unit of the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents; replaced by the euro in 2002
- any of various former gold or silver coins of Germany, Austria, or the Netherlands
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