geld·​ing | \ˈgel-diŋ \

Definition of gelding 

1 : a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

2 archaic : eunuch

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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 Four geldings will be up for adoption at this year's Western States Horse Expo, hosted at Cal Expo in Sacramento at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10, according to a news release from the Bureau of Land Management. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Wild horses trained by jail inmates are offered for adoption at Cal Expo," 31 May 2018 The gelding, trained by Steve Bullock and ridden by Rocco Bowen, covered the distance in 1 minute, 41.78 seconds. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Favored Sippin Fire wins Seattle Slew Stakes at Emerald Downs," 8 July 2018 The gelding sold after his 2-year-old season to serve as a workmate for owner W.S. Kilmer’s champion Sun Briar. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "What Kentucky Derby horse won with the longest odds? Here are the top 10," 4 May 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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