MEANING: noun: A place or situation that’s superficially attractive but confining.

ETYMOLOGY: Alluding to a bird in a gilded cage, which may be shiny and beautiful, but ultimately it still imprisons the bird. From gilded (coated with a thin layer of gold) + cage. Earliest documented use: 1693.

GELDED CAGE - an enclosure for animals with testicles removed

GILDED CARE - high-end executive medical reimbursement plan

GILDED MAGE - the Wise Man who didn't bring myrrh or frankincense with him to Bethlehem