gild1 / gild/ • v. [tr.] cover thinly with gold. ∎ give a specious or false brilliance to: the useless martyrs' deaths of the pilots gilded the operation.PHRASES: gild the lily try to improve what is already beautiful or excellent.DERIVATIVES: gild·er n.gild2 • n. archaic spelling of guild.
gild the pill make something unpleasant seem more acceptable (pills were traditionally coated with gilt to make them more attractive).
See also gilded, gilt.
gild·ing / ˈgilding/ • n. the process of applying gold leaf or gold paint. ∎ the material used in, or the surface produced by, this process.