hilt

noun \ ˈhilt \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of hilt

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


HILT Defined for English Language Learners

hilt

Definition of hilt for English Language Learners

  • : the handle of a sword or dagger


HILT Defined for Kids

hilt

noun \ ˈhilt \

Definition of hilt for Students

: a handle especially of a sword or dagger


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