Gild and Guild - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Glory be! What’s the difference between gild and guild?
Don’t flip your gills over this one.
First, gild is a verb, and guild is a noun. That’s a pretty clear tip-off. But the meanings of these two words are anything but interchangeable as well.
To gild something is to coat it with gold. A gilded art frame, for instance, may be covered in gold leaf. A guild is an establishment of like-minded people, such as a club or a special-interest organization.
Take a gander at this example of good uses of gild and guild.
Our guide, a member of the gold leaf guild, pointed out the glorious gilding on the guild’s golden gate. “It takes great skill to gild like that,” the guide said.
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