\ 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 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 Unlike the rest of the skeletons found at the site, the man wore a leather belt and had a bagful of coins, an ornate dagger and a sword with an iron hilt. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2021 The other three judges were in raptures, however, praising Lee to the hilt. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 13 Oct. 2021 With Landry’s leveraged to the hilt, the pandemic hit. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Year after year, this game has been hyped to the hilt. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 This was not just any picture: The pair were costumed to the hilt as mid-’90s Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani for Ridley Scott’s forthcoming film House of Gucci. Alessandra Codinha, Town & Country, 21 June 2021 The second quarter proved the game was being played closed to Turfway Park as both teams were playing the trifecta to the hilt combining for nine 3-pointers. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 23 Mar. 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 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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