geld·​ing | \ ˈgel-diŋ \

Definition of gelding

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

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Holiday will be the last gelding to win it until 1993 when Prairie Bayou triumphs. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for May 20-26," 20 May 2018 Trainer Henry McDaniel convinced Kilmer to run the gelding in his place. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "What Kentucky Derby horse won with the longest odds? Here are the top 10," 4 May 2018 Once there, we were greeted wordlessly by some Navajo cowboys and paired up with our mounts, mine a paint gelding with a wild look in his eyes. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 In 2016, a 9-year-old gelding who had run in the 2010 Kentucky Derby was euthanized shortly after suffering a heart attack. Don Markus,, "Losing horse in Pimlico race was 'personal' for trainer Ferris Allen," 18 May 2018 The feature race this week is the $100,000 Grade 3 All American Stakes for colts and geldings 3-year-olds and upward. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Coming Saturday: All-time Triple Crown rankings," 24 May 2018 The 8-year-old gelding, owned by Sara E. Collette, showed no signs of rust after more than a year on the sidelines. Sun Staff Reports,, "Zanclus makes a splash to win My Lady's Manor in first race of Maryland timber triple crown," 14 Apr. 2018 The gelding was the second favorite and was running in second through the first 3/4s of the race. John Cherwa,, "Racing! The sad part of horse racing," 6 July 2018 The 4-year-old gelding was in tight in the early stages off a slow pace upfront and then struggled to find room in the stretch allowing the eventual winner to get the jump on him and beat him to the wire. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "'s free expert pick for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 29 June 2018

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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


geld·​ing | \ ˈgel-diŋ \

Medical Definition of gelding

: a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

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