geld·​ing | \ ˈgel-diŋ How to pronounce gelding (audio) \

Definition of gelding

1 : a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse
2 archaic : eunuch

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Recent Examples on the Web After schooling his award-winning Irish chestnut gelding, Mr. Babington dismounted in a tent set aside for top riders and handed him off to a groom. New York Times, "Where to Show Off Your $5 Million Horse," 31 Aug. 2019 On May 25, Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Hollendorfer, suffered a catastrophic injury while racing and was euthanized. Los Angeles Times, "Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was under scrutiny before most recent horse deaths," 23 Aug. 2019 In one big race, Ganbat recalled, there were 721 starters and his gelding scored the victory over the next-best horse by an enormous margin – 1 kilometer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Pacific Classic, Mongolian Stable seeks repeat of Breeders’ Cup magic," 14 Aug. 2019 However, the sentimental favorite will be Soi Phet, an 11-year-old gelding, running his last race. John Cherwa,, "Opening of Los Alamitos thoroughbred meeting brings unwanted scrutiny," 28 June 2019 The approximately 20-year-old gelding was found Friday near Cedar River Elementary School in the 22400 block of Sweeney Road Southeast, according to a statement from the Regional Animal Services of King County. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "After ailing horse found in Maple Valley dies, officials search for owner," 3 Sep. 2019 The 4-year-old gelding was third in the Santa Anita Handicap. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! It’s a wide open Pacific Classic," 17 Aug. 2019 This gelding is not particularly quick into stride and the 330-yard distance certainly suits him better than 300 yards. John Cherwa,, "Racing! The final weekend is upon us," 22 June 2019 At the post, there weren’t many believers in Two Thirty Five, a 5-year old gelding whose last of four career wins in 17 career starts came more than a year ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "On hot streak, Baltas earns Del Mar stakes victory in Brubaker with Two Thirty Five," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gelding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gelding

Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda

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English Language Learners Definition of gelding

: a male horse that has had its testicles removed


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Medical Definition of gelding

: a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

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