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Difference between Gilt and Guilt

Gilt, as an adjective, means covered with gold (from the verb gild).

  • She is wearing an elaborate gilt necklace to the party.

Gilt, as a noun, refers to a thin gold covering or layer.

  • Over the years much of the gilt wore away from the necklace.

Guilt, a noun, is the responsibility for a wrongdoing or error.

  • The prosecutor proved the accused’s guilt in the crime.