\ 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 Though big attractions like Hammond’s Peteyville took a year off from blasting everyone with Christmas cheer, neighborhoods all over Lake County picked up the slack and decorated their houses to the hilt. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "For the 46th year, house in Highland continues to spread joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic," 9 Dec. 2020 The fun isn’t so much about Dee Dee as watching Streep play a faltering prima donna to the hilt. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Meryl Streep is queen of Netflix’s ‘Prom,’ an LGBTQ message musical gone Hollywood," 3 Dec. 2020 This highly accurate reproduction of Vader's hilt lights up and makes noise. David Kender, USA TODAY, "40 gifts for the Star Wars fan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 El Khazzani, a 31-year-old Moroccan, spent several months in Syria and boarded the train in Brussels armed to the hilt, authorities say. Star Tribune, "Trial in France for extremist foiled by 3 Americans on train," 16 Nov. 2020 The problem with this cold war liberalism, exploited to the hilt by antiliberal demagogues today, wasn’t only its moral haughtiness and corruption by class interests. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, "Grand Illusions," 21 Oct. 2020 And yet, for Sorkin, talk is action; his creatures come verbally armed to the hilt, barely pausing to reload. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Aaron Sorkin Puts America on Trial," 17 Oct. 2020 Congressional leaders—including Sen. McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—should back them to the hilt. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Make America Trust Elections Again," 29 Sep. 2020 Biden and the Democrats had also left Trump and the Republicans an enormous opening by not condemning looting and other violence in the cities at their convention, and the GOP, rightly, exploited it to the hilt. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Dec 2020

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“Hilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilt. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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