\ 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 Full-tilt, dressed-to-the-hilt, one-of-a-kind, feisty, fiery, unfettered fabulosity! Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Celebrities Dance, Pose, & Shine the Night Away at #BAZAARICONS," 7 Sep. 2019 Unlike in the last downturn, homeowners aren’t mortgaged to the hilt. Los Angeles Times, "Is Trump relying on American consumers to save the economy from recession?," 22 Aug. 2019 Sort of like mortaging your house to the hilt, then using it to throw a lavish party. Larry Light, Fortune, "More than Half of All Stock Buybacks are Now Financed by Debt. Here’s Why That’s a Problem," 20 Aug. 2019 From then on, the situation continued to simmer as Perez played his usual hot-dog antics to the hilt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years since the big baseball brawl," 13 Aug. 2019 Yellow split pea soup, soothing and mild, lands on the table with a pork rib jutting out, the hilt thoughtfully wrapped in foil and the meat smoke incarnate. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Belarussian Xata, Hearty Fare to Keep the Spirits Light," 22 Feb. 2018 North Korea has been sanctioned to the hilt, but Trump’s negotiations with Kim Jong Un have yet to reduce his nuclear program, which is far more sophisticated than Iran’s. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump Sanctions Iran’s Supreme Leader, but to What End?," 25 June 2019 His supporters will back him to the hilt, regardless: Nobody is more anxious to win the culture war than those who have already lost the moral argument. Laurie Penny, The New Republic, "Why It Matters How Powerful Men Treat Women," 24 June 2019 Loaded to the hilt with bottled soft drinks, the truck developed a motor lock on a steep grade, stalled and slipped off an embankment to stand upturned in the desert sun while soft drinks fizzled and died. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Soft drink casualties were heavy," 5 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hilt

: the handle of a sword or dagger


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Kids Definition of hilt

: a handle especially of a sword or dagger

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