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gilt

adjective uk   /ɡɪlt/ us  
covered with a thin layer of gold or a substance that is intended to look like it: a gilt picture frame It's not solid gold - it's just gilt.

gilt

noun uk   /ɡɪlt/ us  

gilt noun (SURFACE)

[U] a very thin layer of gold, silver, or a similar substance, used to cover the surface of something: a silver gilt crucifix gilt lettering

gilt noun (MONEY)

gilts [plural] (also gilt-edged securities) UK specialized a type of investment offered by the government that pays a fixed rate of interest and is considered low-risk
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