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gilded (adj.)

1560s, past-participle adjective from gild (v.). Late Old English had gegylde; Middle English had gilden (adj.). In modern use the more dignified past participle of gild, alternative to gilt. Shakespeare's lilies were never gilded; the quote ("King John," iv.2) is, "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily." Gilded Age as an era in U.S. history (roughly 1870-1900) is from the novel "The Gilded Age" by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, published in 1873.

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Definitions of gilded

gilded (adj.)
having the deep slightly brownish color of gold;
Synonyms: aureate / gilt / gold / golden
gilded (adj.)
based on pretense; deceptively pleasing;
the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility
gilded (adj.)
ostentatiously rich and superior in quality;
gilded dining rooms
gilded (adj.)
made from or covered with gold;
gilded icons
Synonyms: gold / golden
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