\ ˈgelt How to pronounce gelt (audio) \

Definition of gelt

1 informal : money Guilt turns to gelt as Stephanie's wealthy parents … welcome their disowned daughter back with open arms and open coffers.TV Guide
2 : chocolate candy in the shape of coins often given to Jewish children at Hanukkah Lila thought of Sarah's party—how everyone got bags of Hanukkah gelt, chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil.— Rosellen Brown

Examples of gelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take part in the festival of lights and enjoy traditional holiday treats, plus arts and crafts, dreidels and gelt. Mary Lou Cruz,, 24 Nov. 2021 Along with Hanukkah gelt there are Hanukkah goodies. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Each car will receive a Chanukah kit, complete with a Menorah, games, crafts, Chanukah cookies, Chanukah puzzle, Chocolate gelt, plus other surprises., 4 Dec. 2020 Truly getting into the holiday spirit, the meal also comes with a set Hanukkah candles, chocolate gelt and candy dreidels. Janelle Bitker,, 3 Dec. 2020 Threshold Set of 4 Round Hanukkah Stoneware Ceramic Plates in Off-White ($15; Use these as sour cream and apple sauce dipping plates for your latkes during dinner or as little gelt dishes all season long. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, 2 Dec. 2020 The New York City Bagel Maker’s Union Local 338 — a membership made almost solely of Jewish bagel makers and their sons — wasn’t prepared to share the gelt. Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 That trickles down in history, and so gelt was distributed to Jewish children in order to distribute to their teachers, to give charity. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, 20 Dec. 2019 Foods cooked in oil, like potato pancakes and doughnuts, are eaten, and gifts of money — Hanukkah gelt — are given to children. The Editorial Board, Orange County Register, 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gelt

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gelt

Dutch & German geld & Yiddish gelt; all akin to Old English geld geld entry 2

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27 Nov 2021

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“Gelt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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