Definition of gilt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡɪlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪlt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a thin layer of gold, or something like gold that is used on a surface for decoration gilt lettering
  2. 2gilts [plural] (British English, finance) gilt-edged investments See related entries: Economy
  3. 3 [countable] (especially North American English) a young female pig
  4. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 Middle English: archaic past participle of gild. sense 3 Middle English: from Old Norse gyltr.Idioms
    take the gilt off the gingerbread
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    (British English) to do or be something that makes a situation or achievement less attractive or impressive
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