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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having gilded edges, as the pages of a book.
  • adj. Of the highest quality or value: gilt-edged securities; gilt-edged credentials.
  • adj. Very wealthy: "Barricades prevented the curious from coming any closer to the gathering of gilt-edged mourners” ( Edward Rothstein).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having gilded edges.
  • adj. Issued by the Bank of England.
  • adj. Of the highest quality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the edges gilt or gilded, as writing-paper. Gilt-edged letter- or note-paper was formerly very fashionable.
  • Of the highest order or quality; unexceptionably good: said especially of commercial paper, in allusion to the literal sense (def. 1): as. gilt-edged securities; gilt-edged butter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of the highest quality or value
  • adj. having gilded edges as the pages of a book

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