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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The loan was rated AAA by Moody's, which judged the £80m Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Ronaldo and the £56m fee to AC Milan for Kaka a gilt-edged security - as safe as US government debt - for what that's worth.
She had also been able to keep a few books from a once-vast collection, and displayed them with the gilt-edged pages facing outward, making a regular row of volumes appear to be block of shining gold.
Even Queen Elizabeth will have to trim her gilt-edged lifestyle.
Various barriers confronted borrowers from accessing available credit, weakening confidence and optimism among individuals and corporations; except for exceptional gilt-edged enterprises.
Many of the best applications come from accomplished programmers who have working product demos but lack gilt-edged Valley Rolodexes.
Charles handed me a slim gilt-edged printed card wrapped in a golden ribbon:
In the gilt-edged wardrobe I found rows of new gowns, crisp white chemises, gauzy petticoats, whalebone corsets watered silk!
The investor sells his gilt-edged securities, but he's left with pounds and he has to find a buyer.
Bafetimbi Gomis missed two gilt-edged chances for Lyon as the French team drew in Amsterdam in their Champions League Group D opener.
Net debt is projected to peak at a mere 7.2% of national output, underscoring the country's already gilt-edged AAA credit rating.