I've perused several examples of how I could use the word "gilded" but I don't see many abstract uses of it. By definition, it means to be covered in gold. Can it also be used with abstract concepts? Here's an example sentence I came up with.

The forests were gilded with the melodious voice of Lady siren

This might not be a great example. Please share one if you have one.

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    you did your research but need to add tags such as 'meanings' and or 'expressions' to allow an answer
    – lbf
    Aug 1, 2018 at 17:44
  • You mean like "She's only a bird in a gilded cage"? Absolutely not!
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 1, 2018 at 18:29

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The forests were gilded with the melodious voice of Lady siren.

Allow me:

The melodious voice of Lady Siren gilded the forest with sound.

I guess that might work. But I am not sure it is abstract. And it seems to work better in the active voice. The sound is like a layer of gold leaf.

[I rap myself on my knuckles.]


Abstract meaning of the word gilded (adj.) as described by Cambridge is:

rich or of a higher social class.

"The story revolves around the gilded youth of the 1920s and their glittering lifestyles".

Babylon online thesaurus defines it as

rich and superior in quality.

"gilded dining rooms".

In your case, it can be used as

The forests were covered with the gilded melodious voice of Lady siren.

  • You got glided there. Not gilded, friend.
    – Lambie
    Aug 1, 2018 at 19:14
  • @Lambie thanks! I guess, it is my time to sleep, almost 1:00 am here :)
    – Ubi.B
    Aug 1, 2018 at 19:17
  • Aha, you must be in Asia. No worries, we like levity.
    – Lambie
    Aug 1, 2018 at 19:18
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    Next you will be telling me there was a period in US history known as the "gilded age".
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 1, 2018 at 22:14
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    @HotLicks There was, with caps, and you can find its architecture in the form of mansions in Newport, Rhode Island.
    – Lambie
    Aug 2, 2018 at 12:55

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