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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 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, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 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, "The Real Reason American Jews Give Gifts During Hanukkah," 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, "Hanukkah and the light of our many freedoms," 23 Dec. 2019 And there is one aspect of giving on Hanukkah that predates presents like AirPods and gift cards: gelt. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "The Real Reason American Jews Give Gifts During Hanukkah," 20 Dec. 2019 The few Hanukkah decorations — a meager assemblage of plastic menorahs and gelt — were relegated to a no man’s land between toys and men’s sportswear. New York Times, "How Do I Decorate for Hanukkah Without Copying Christmas?," 14 Dec. 2019 Chanukah on the Lawn Events include crafts, entertainment, games, gelt, jelly doughnuts and latkes starting at 4:30 p.m. and the grand menorah lighting at 5:30. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Celebrate Hanukkah 2019 at these parties and concerts throughout the Phoenix area," 11 Dec. 2019 Some customs practiced are: preparing potato pancakes in oil, playing the game of dreidel, and giving children money (coins) called Hanukkah gelt. The Rev. Ellin Dize,, "Dize: Jesus is the reason for the season and Christmas is an inclusive holiday," 30 Nov. 2019 Halloween has candy corn, Hanukkah has chocolate gelt, and Easter, of course, has Peeps. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Stylists Created Peeps-Inspired Pastel Hair Color for Easter," 20 Apr. 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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“Gelt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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