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Definition of "gilt" []

  • A past tense and a past participle of gild1. (verb)
  • Covered with gold or gilt. (adjective)
  • Resembling gold, as in color or luster. (adjective)
  • A thin layer of gold or something simulating gold that is applied in gilding. (noun)
  • Superficial brilliance or gloss. (noun)

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" in a sentence
  • "Queller had the first variety in gilt, meaning that it is gold-plated, and the second variety in copper."
  • "A Qing dynasty yellow-ground vase, decorated with flowers and edged in gilt, broke the world record for the most expensive single piece of Chinese art sold, at $32.5 million."
  • "It was a heavy, leather-bound folio, the spine facing the audience, with the title The Rime of the Ancient Mariner etched in gilt onto it."