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Related to gild: gild the lily

gild

embellish with gold: gild the lily
Not to be confused with:
guild – organization of people with related interests: The Writers Guild

gild 1

 (gĭld)
tr.v. gild·ed or gilt (gĭlt), gild·ing, gilds
1. To cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold.
2. To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to.
3. Archaic To smear with blood.
Idiom:
gild the lily
1. To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
2. To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.

[Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

gild′er n.

gild 2

 (gĭld)
n.
Variant of guild.

gild

(ɡɪld)
vb (tr) , gilds, gilding, gilded or gilt (ɡɪlt)
1. to cover with or as if with gold
2. gild the lily
a. to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful
b. to praise someone inordinately
3. to give a falsely attractive or valuable appearance to
4. archaic to smear with blood
[Old English gyldan, from gold gold; related to Old Norse gylla, Middle High German vergülden]
ˈgilder n

gild

(ɡɪld)
n
a variant spelling of guild2
ˈgildsman n

gild1

(gɪld)

v.t. gild•ed gilt, gild•ing.
1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.
2. to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.
3. Archaic. to make red, as with blood.
Idioms:
gild the lily, to add unnecessary refinements to something already exemplary.
[1300–50; Middle English; Old English -gyldan; akin to gold]
gild′er, n.

gild2

(gɪld)

n.

gild


Past participle: gilded/gilt
Gerund: gilding

Imperative
gild
gild
Present
I gild
you gild
he/she/it gilds
we gild
you gild
they gild
Preterite
I gilded/gilt
you gilded/gilt
he/she/it gilded/gilt
we gilded/gilt
you gilded/gilt
they gilded/gilt
Present Continuous
I am gilding
you are gilding
he/she/it is gilding
we are gilding
you are gilding
they are gilding
Present Perfect
I have gilded/gilt
you have gilded/gilt
he/she/it has gilded/gilt
we have gilded/gilt
you have gilded/gilt
they have gilded/gilt
Past Continuous
I was gilding
you were gilding
he/she/it was gilding
we were gilding
you were gilding
they were gilding
Past Perfect
I had gilded/gilt
you had gilded/gilt
he/she/it had gilded/gilt
we had gilded/gilt
you had gilded/gilt
they had gilded/gilt
Future
I will gild
you will gild
he/she/it will gild
we will gild
you will gild
they will gild
Future Perfect
I will have gilded/gilt
you will have gilded/gilt
he/she/it will have gilded/gilt
we will have gilded/gilt
you will have gilded/gilt
they will have gilded/gilt
Future Continuous
I will be gilding
you will be gilding
he/she/it will be gilding
we will be gilding
you will be gilding
they will be gilding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gilding
you have been gilding
he/she/it has been gilding
we have been gilding
you have been gilding
they have been gilding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gilding
you will have been gilding
he/she/it will have been gilding
we will have been gilding
you will have been gilding
they will have been gilding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gilding
you had been gilding
he/she/it had been gilding
we had been gilding
you had been gilding
they had been gilding
Conditional
I would gild
you would gild
he/she/it would gild
we would gild
you would gild
they would gild
Past Conditional
I would have gilded/gilt
you would have gilded/gilt
he/she/it would have gilded/gilt
we would have gilded/gilt
you would have gilded/gilt
they would have gilded/gilt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gild - a formal association of people with similar interestsgild - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
association - a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
athenaeum, atheneum - a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
bookclub - a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
chapter - a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
chess club - a club of people to play chess
country club - a suburban club for recreation and socializing
frat, fraternity - a social club for male undergraduates
glee club - a club organized to sing together
golf club - a club of people to play golf
hunt club, hunt - an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
investors club - a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
jockey club - a club to promote and regulate horse racing
racket club - club for players of racket sports
rowing club - a club for rowers
slate club - a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
sorority - a social club for female undergraduates
turnverein - a club of tumblers or gymnasts
boat club, yacht club - club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
service club - a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
club member - someone who is a member of a club
Verb1.gild - decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid goldgild - decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

gild

verb
1. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
2. To make superficially more acceptable or appealing:
Translations
يَطْلي بِالذَّهَب
zlatit
forgylde
bearanyoz
gylla
paauksuoti
apzeltīt
pozłacać
pozlátiťzlátiť
altın kaplamakyaldızlamak

gild

[gɪld] (gilded (pt) (gilded) (gilt (pp))) VT [+ metal, frame] → dorar
to gild the lilyembellecer lo perfecto

gild

[ˈgɪld] vtdorergilded cage ncage f dorée

gild

pret <gilded>, ptp <gilded or gilt>
vtvergolden; to gild the lilydes Guten zu viel tun

gild

[gɪld] vt (metal, frame) → dorare (fig) → indorare
to gild the lily (fig) → aggiungere inutili fronzoli

gild

(gild) verb
to cover with gilt. We could gild the frame of that picture.
References in classic literature ?
Ye cannot endure it with yourselves, and do not love yourselves sufficiently: so ye seek to mislead your neighbour into love, and would fain gild yourselves with his error.
I will gild her horns, and will offer her up to you in sacrifice."
Gilded it was; and the handsomest room in the Province House was adorned by it."
The old man now came with a drawer, in which there was much to be seen, both "tin boxes" and "balsam boxes," old cards, so large and so gilded, such as one never sees them now.
"I am bringing it from the frownery - the one over there with the gilded steeple."
Such further description as may be needed may be kept till we come within sight of its gilded roofs and marble terraces.
Mousqueton had a magnificent livery, and enjoyed the satisfaction of which he had been ambitious all his life--that of standing behind a gilded carriage.
Here, where the dames of Rome their gilded hair Waved to the wind, now wave the reed and thistle!
Ordinarily, a gilded angel strikes the hour on a big bell with a hammer; as the striking ceases, a life-sized figure of Time raises its hour-glass and turns it; two golden rams advance and butt each other; a gilded cock lifts its wings; but the main features are two great angels, who stand on each side of the dial with long horns at their lips; it was said that they blew melodious blasts on these horns every hour--but they did not do it for us.
A high wall surrounded the whole of the hotel, surmounted at intervals by vases filled with flowers, and broken in the centre by a large gate of gilded iron, which served as the carriage entrance.
On arriving at the extremity of the castle D'Artagnan found himself overlooking a beautiful valley, in which, at the foot of a charming little lake, stood several scattered houses, which, humble in their aspect, and covered, some with tiles, others with thatch, seemed to acknowledge as their sovereign lord a pretty chateau, built about the beginning of the reign of Henry IV., and surmounted by four stately, gilded weather-cocks.
Presently there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.