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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ferrari has played the dual-purpose aspect to the hilt. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Ferrari F40 Feasts on the Timid," 2 July 2020 The show's fleeting charms thus stem largely from the supporting players, and the series is cast to the hilt, with the late Fred Willard as Naird's dad, and Jane Lynch and Patrick Warburton as other military chiefs, just for starters. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Space Force' casts Steve Carell in a broad satire that never achieves liftoff," 29 May 2020 Every emotion is telegraphed to the hilt, with results that feel more manipulative than affecting. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I Still Believe': Film Review," 11 Mar. 2020 Archaeologists say that the sword, which has a decorative hilt, likely had a symbolic, as opposed to military use. Fox News, "3,200-year-old sword discovered among the stones of mysterious ancient monument," 19 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts believed to be from the final battle of the English Civil War, including musket balls, horse harness fittings and sword hilts. Fox News, "Artifacts believed to be from final battle of English Civil War discovered," 4 Sep. 2019 Entertaining to the hilt, San Francisco had an 8-4 record that season and a three-game winning streak heading into a Western Conference playoff game against Detroit, the winner to meet Cleveland for the NFL championship. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 But the movie, for all its retrograde politics and wham-bam machismo, can also be slick, silly fun — a giddy exercise in freewheeling nihilism, played to the hilt. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Guy Ritchie gets his gangster ya-yas out again in The Gentlemen: Review," 23 Jan. 2020 Accessorized to the hilt with diamond and onyx chains and a minuscule clutch, the look was red carpet magic—almost as thrilling as the events onscreen. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Brings Vintage Glamour to the Premiere of Queen & Slim," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of hilt was before the 12th century

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14 Jul 2020

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“Hilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilt. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hilt

: the handle of a sword or dagger


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: a handle especially of a sword or dagger

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