May 27, 2022

Gilt /adjective/ gilt

Gilt is a word we use in English as both an adjective and a noun. When we use this multifaceted term as an adjective, it represents something that appears to be covered in gold or something that “looks” like gold. When used as a noun, “gilt” can represent a slang term for money, bonds issued by the government of the United Kingdom, superficial brilliance, or anything that resembles gold. The third sense of the word describes a female swine.

Etymology

Gilt has changed its meaning two or three times since its first introduction into language. This Middle English word started out as an adjective in the early 14th century. During that same century, the word took on a new meaning representing the Middle English and Old Norse noun derived from the word gilden in Middle English and the word gyltr in Old Norse. They started using the word to represent the description of a female swine in the 15th century.

In a sentence

The top of the capitol building appeared to be covered in a brilliant gilt when the sunlight shined.

UK residents can order gilt directly from the government agency responsible for issuing stocks and bonds.

The gilt overlay on the ring made it shine brilliantly.

Synonym

Money, Glittering

Antonym

Dull

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