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 Baffert has the favorites in the 2-year-old colt and gelding race, the Grade 1 $300,000 American Pharoah, which was once won by the Triple Crown winner. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Field Pass, a 4-year-old gelding, reversed the 1-2 finishing order of the Grade III Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park while racing at a sixth different track this year. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 Trainer Richard Mandella’s 6-year-old gelding will also be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 The 5-year-old gelding is four-of-11 lifetime and is coming off a win in an allowance/optional claimer. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The Daily Racing Form reported the 6-year-old gelding had filling over a suspensory in a leg. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021 The 6-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule has three victories at 1,000 yards since the claim and has enough points to sit at the top spot for the $50,000 feature race at 1,000 yards on Nov. 27. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 The 3-year-old gelding had one horse beat turning for home before charging on the outside and reeling in Broome, who finished second. Beth Harris,, 7 Nov. 2021 Miyadi has trained Lieutenant Dan for owner-breeder Nick Alexander from the start of his career in the fall of 2018, and the 5-year-old gelding has won eight of 16 starts and finished worse than third only once. Larry Stumes, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of gelding

: a male horse that has had its testicles removed


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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