Learner's definition of GILD
to cover (something) with a thin layer of gold
gild the lily
to add decoration to something that is already beautiful
to try to improve something that does not need to be improved
◊ A gilded age is a time of great success and wealth. The capitalized form Gilded Age is used when referring specifically to a period from about 1870–90 in American history.
◊ Gilded youth are wealthy young people who enjoy many things that other people do not have.