from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having gilded edges, as the pages of a book.
  • adjective Of the highest quality or value.
  • adjective Very wealthy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of pages of a book, etc. Having gilded edges.
  • adjective of securities Issued by the Bank of England.
  • adjective Of the highest quality.

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word gilt-edged.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.