gelding

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

Definition of gelding

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

Examples of gelding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My Hocks gelding was fourth in the La Fiesta Derby prior to that race and for the year has won three of seven starts. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Fireworks at CHRB meeting," 18 Dec. 2020 The gelding by Favorite Cartel comes in after a hard-fought nose victory in the Grade 1 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship at 440 yards on Oct. 11. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Some random thoughts," 11 Dec. 2020 Finnick the Fierce won his first time out, and after a fourth-place showing in an allowance race, the gelding finished second to Silver Prospector in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Kentucky Derby 2020: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 31 Aug. 2020 This talented sophomore goes to new connections who do well with runners of this ilk and the gelding draws the perfect outside post for his style of racing Saturday. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Del Mar starts its fall meeting," 31 Oct. 2020 Brandon Fortner is in a cowboy hat and boots, brushing the mane of 5-year-old Hum Baby, a bay gelding. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "The incredible Indiana farm giving retired racehorses new careers, saving some from slaughter," 4 Nov. 2020 The gelding by Apollitical Jess has hit the board in all six of his career starts. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Del Mar starts its fall meeting," 31 Oct. 2020 This will be the 6-year-old gelding’s first start since then. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Giant Expectations makes return to the races," 28 Aug. 2020 This was followed by the death of a 3-year-old gelding called Omar later in the year. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth's Secret Sorrow Over Unexpected Death of Beloved Balmoral Ponies," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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“Gelding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gelding. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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gelding

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English Language Learners Definition of gelding

: a male horse that has had its testicles removed

gelding

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

Medical Definition of gelding

: a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

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