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Definition of "gilt-edged" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gilt-edged" in a sentence
  • "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."
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