- 1gild something (literary) to make something look bright, as if covered with gold The golden light gilded the sea.
- 2gild something to cover something with a thin layer of gold or gold paint See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment Word Origin Old English gyldan, of Germanic origin; related to gold.Idioms to spoil something that is already good or beautiful by trying to improve it Some people add a little brandy to the recipe but I feel this is gilding the lily.
BrE BrE//ɡɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gild
BrE BrE//ɡɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪld//he / she / it gilds
BrE BrE//ɡɪldz//; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪldz//past simple gilded
BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪd//past participle gilded
BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪd//-ing form gilding
BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪŋ//Artwork and techniques, Art equipment