from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold.
- transitive v. To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to.
- transitive v. Archaic To smear with blood.
- idiom gild the lily To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.
- idiom gild the lily To make superfluous additions to what is already complete.
- n. Variant of guild.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover with a thin layer of gold; to cover with gold leaf.
- v. To adorn.
- v. To make appear drunk.
- n. Alternative form of guild.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overlay with a thin covering of gold; to cover with a golden color; to cause to look like gold.
- transitive v. To make attractive; to adorn; to brighten.
- transitive v. To give a fair but deceptive outward appearance to; to embellish.
- transitive v. To make red with drinking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overlay with gold, either in leaf or powder or in amalgam with quicksilver; overspread with a thin covering of gold.
- To give the appearance of gold to, whether by means of actual gold-leaf or in some other way, as by lacquering polished brass, bronzing with gold-colored bronze-powder, or the like.
- In old chemistry, to impregnate or saturate with gold.
- Figuratively To give a golden appearance or color to; illuminate; brighten; render bright; make glowing.
- To give a fair and agreeable external appearance to; recommend to favor and reception by superficial decoration: as, to gild flattery or falsehood.
- To make drunk: in allusion to the effect of liquor in causing the face to glow.
- n. An association or corporation established for the promotion of common objects, or mutual aid and protection in common pursuits, and supported (originally) by the contributions of its members.
- n. A gildhall.
- To sell.
- n. See geld.
- To electroplate by depositing a layer of gold from an electric bath.
- To eat the alloy out of (a low-grade gold) by means of an acid, leaving the fine gold on the surface.
- n. In phytogeography, one of several groups of plants which depend for their existence on other plants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal association of people with similar interests
- v. decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
Middle English gilden, from Old English gyldan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)