\ ˈhilt How to pronounce hilt (audio) \

Definition of hilt

: a handle especially of a sword or dagger
to the hilt
1 : to the very limit : completely the farm was mortgaged to the hilt
2 : with nothing lacking played the role to the hilt

Examples of hilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, more than 3,000 homes were decorated to the hilt to take the places of parade floats. CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 Emily’s curls are hair-sprayed to the hilt to watch Alfie and Gabriel play soccer. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 The 20th-century typology created by Jan Petersen, who lends the Type D Pedersen sword its name, is based on just one section of the weapon: the hilt. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 Starvish coached it to the hilt and the Beavers, who won the CTC with a 9-1 record, competed courageously, senior Xavier McCall made a nice run deep into Windsor territory in the third quarter, but this was an unfortunate a matchup. Dom Amore, courant.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Played to the hilt by Tom Hiddleston, Loki is trying to stay at least one step ahead of a time cop named Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 12 June 2021 The United States has threatened sanctions, but to some in Moscow, that’s nothing: Russia is already sanctioned to the hilt and has prepared for worse to come. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 Everything is really super-produced to the to the hilt. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 15 Nov. 2021 Among the more compelling works are Lara Schnitger’s monumental fashion icons — giant, literal stick figures dressed to the hilt from scraps of snazzy jersey, lace, vinyl and feathers, making more than something from less than nothing. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of hilt

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hilt

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German helza hilt

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“Hilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilt. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hilt

: the handle of a sword or dagger


\ ˈhilt How to pronounce hilt (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilt

: a handle especially of a sword or dagger

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