gelding

noun

geld·​ing ˈgel-diŋ How to pronounce gelding (audio)
1
: a castrated animal
specifically : a castrated male horse
2
archaic : eunuch

Examples of gelding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The veterinarian who assisted in the rescue posted an update on the horse’s condition and shared a photo of the 20-year-old Arabian gelding on Facebook. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 28 June 2024 Last three geldings to win 2009 — Mine That Bird. 2003 — Funny Cide. 1929 — Clyde van Dusen. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2024 The 149th edition of the Preakness, which covers 1 3/16 miles on the dirt track and is run by 3-year-old colts, geldings and fillies, is set for Saturday evening. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2024 On Tuesday, Chasing Artie, a 5-year-old gelding for Joseph, collapsed near the winner’s circle after running a race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for gelding 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gelding was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gelding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gelding. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

gelding

noun
geld·​ing ˈgel-diŋ How to pronounce gelding (audio)
: a castrated animal
especially : a castrated male horse

Medical Definition

gelding

noun
geld·​ing ˈgel-diŋ How to pronounce gelding (audio)
: a castrated animal
specifically : a castrated male horse

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