GILD, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive gilded or gilt.
1. To overlay with gold, either in leaf or powder, or in amalgam with quicksilver; to overspread with a thin covering of gold; as the gilt frame of a mirror.
Her joy in gilded chariots when alive,
And love of ombre after death survive.
2. To cover with any yellow matter.
3. To adorn with luster; to render bright.
No more the rising sun shall gild the morn.
4. To illuminate; to brighten.
Let oft good humor, mild and gay,
GILD the calm evening of your day.
5. To give a fair and agreeable external appearance; to recommend to favor and reception by superficial decoration; as, to gild flattery or falsehood.