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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English gilden, gulden, from Old English gyldan (to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold), from Proto-West Germanic *gulþijan, from Proto-Germanic *gulþijaną, from Proto-Germanic *gulþą (gold).

Verb edit

gild (third-person singular simple present gilds, present participle gilding, simple past and past participle gilded or gilt)

  1. (transitive) To cover with a thin layer of gold; to cover with gold leaf.
    • 1888 May, Oscar Wilde, “The Happy Prince”, in The Happy Prince and Other Tales, London: David Nutt, [], →OCLC, page 1:
      High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.
  2. (transitive) To adorn.
  3. (transitive, cooking) To decorate with a golden surface appearance.
    • 2008, Ivan P. Day, Cooking in Europe, 1650-1850, page 98:
      Gild the entire outside with beaten egg yolk, and sprinkle it with grated parmesan.
  4. (transitive) To give a bright or pleasing aspect to.
  5. (transitive) To make appear drunk.
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Noun edit

gild (plural gilds)

  1. Obsolete spelling of guild
    • 1920, H. E. Salter, Munimenta Civitatis Oxonie, volume 71, page xxviii:
      No trade gild might be started without the consent of the whole body of hanasters, who would insist that the regulations were not harmful to the burgesses as a whole; []

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  1. Romanization of 𐌲𐌹𐌻𐌳

Irish edit

Etymology edit

From English guild.

Noun edit

gild m (genitive singular gild, nominative plural gildeanna)

  1. (historical) guild
    Synonym: cuallacht

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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gild ghild ngild
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Etymology edit

From Old Norse gildr, from Proto-Germanic *gildiz. Cognates include Icelandic gildur and Scots yauld.

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Adjective edit

gild (neuter gildt, definite singular and plural gilde, comparative gildare, indefinite superlative gildast, definite superlative gildaste)

  1. (also law) valid
    Antonym: ugild
  2. nice, healthy, rich, capable
  3. kind, good
  4. enjoyable
  5. happy
  6. proud

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ġild n

  1. Alternative form of ġield

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  1. strong feminine nominative singular of gildr
  2. strong neuter nominative plural of gildr
  3. strong neuter accusative plural of gildr