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embellish with gold: gild the lily
Not to be confused with:
guild – organization of people with related interests: The Writers Guild
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tr.v. gild·ed or gilt (gĭlt), gild·ing, gildsIdiom:
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.
gild the lily
1. To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
2. To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.
Variant of guild.
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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]
a variant spelling of guild2
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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]
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Past participle: gilded/gilt
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|Noun||1.||gild - 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"
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
glee club - a club organized to sing together
golf club - a club of people to play golf
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
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
|Verb||1.||gild - decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold|
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1. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
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gild[gɪld] (gilded (pt) (gilded) (gilt (pp))) VT [+ metal, frame] → dorar
to gild the lily → embellecer lo perfecto
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gild[gɪld] vt (metal, frame) → dorare (fig) → indorare
to gild the lily (fig) → aggiungere inutili fronzoli
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to cover with gilt. We could gild the frame of that picture. verguld يَطْلي بِالذَّهَب позлатявам dourar (po)zlatit vergolden forgylde επιχρυσώνωdorar kuldama آب طلا کردن kullata dorer להזהיב कलई करना pozlatiti, naresiti bearanyoz melapisi, menyepuh gylla dorare 金めっきする 금박을 입히다 paauksuoti apzeltīt menyepuh verguldenforgylle pozłocić دطلااوبه وركول، مرصع كول: جړاوول dourar a auri покрывать позолотой (po)zlátiť pozlatiti pozlatiti förgylla เคลือบทอง altın kaplamak, yaldızlamak 鍍金 золотити سونے کا پانی چڑھانا mạ vàng 把…镀金，给...涂上金色
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