hilt

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noun \ˈhilt\

Definition of hilt

  1. :  a handle especially of a sword or dagger

to the hilt

  1. 1 :  to the very limit :  completely the farm was mortgaged to the hilt

  2. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


HILT Defined for English Language Learners

hilt

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noun

Definition of hilt for English Language Learners

  • : the handle of a sword or dagger


HILT Defined for Kids

hilt

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noun \ˈhilt\

Definition of hilt for Students

  1. :  a handle especially of a sword or dagger



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