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 As a gelding, he was retired at age 5 and sent home to his owners’ farm. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Unlike many Belmont Stakes winners, this year's will be remembered forever," 21 May 2020 Explosion W, a feisty 11-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Poden Farms, Maher's backers, is the youngest horse to win the GCL team series and the LGCT championship race. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "GC Global Champions: Will Ben Maher do the treble in $40M series?," 5 Mar. 2020 This 8-year-old gelding, for Phil D’Amato and Tyler Baze, is eight-for-29 lifetime and used to be running at the Grade 1 level. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Jerry Hollendorfer out of Breeders’ Cup," 19 Oct. 2019 Funny Cide is the first gelding since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929 to win the Kentucky Derby. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Bill Shoemaker wins fourth Kentucky Derby at age 54," 3 May 2020 The 5-year-old gelding trained by Craig Dollase was taken to the track’s equine hospital for diagnostics and X-rays., "UConn eliminates Boston College women from Hockey East tournament," 2 Mar. 2020 Chosen Vessel, a 5-year-old gelding, suffered a fracture of the left front ankle while on the turf course, a park report says. Jay Croft And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Eighth horse this year dies at Santa Anita racetrack," 1 Mar. 2020 This 8-year-old gelding is lightly raced having won four-of-13 lifetime. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Jerry Hollendorfer out of Breeders’ Cup," 19 Oct. 2019 Another horse dies at Santa Anita A 3-year-old gelding was fatally injured in the fifth race at Santa Anita, becoming the 34th horse to die at the track since December., "Kelechi Osemele," 20 Oct. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Gelding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gelding

: a male horse that has had its testicles removed


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Medical Definition of gelding

: a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

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