\ 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

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Robes and beards are easy enough to track down, but sword-like hilts that project concentrated beams of controlled, tactile light are still at least a few years out. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 Forsberg has been one of the stand out players for Die Roten Bullen as the club - who are backed to the hilt by energy drink company Red Bull - have climbed up the footballing ladder and pushed their way into the Bundesliga over the last nine years. SI.com, "Arsenal to Submit £50m Bid 'in the Coming Days' for Leipzig Playmaker Amid Exit Rumours," 28 May 2018 But then the attack came roaring back; throughout the night, Ball’s team would battle it to the hilt. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 The public space is programmed to the hilt, offering fun brunches, evening film screenings, and even concerts that transform the pool deck into a sweaty, 3,000-person venue. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Pools in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 Accessorized to the hilt with several diamond and aquamarine David Webb necklaces, a teensy train case, a Stalvey bag, and a matching pair of Manolo Blahnik high heel sandals, the outfit was arresting. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Goes Pastel Princess on the Streets of New York," 7 June 2018 The show makes a huge leap forward in tone and theme with the introduction of Zlata, played to the gilded hilt by the very funny German actress Franka Potente. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "TNT's raucous Florida noir 'Claws' returns for Season 2 — with a Chicago actress in tow," 7 June 2018 Michael Grandage’s fantastically elaborate production, choreographed by Rob Ashford and designed to the hilt and beyond by Christopher Oram, is faithful to the spirit, if not always the letter, of the movie. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Frozen: The Broadway Musical’ Review: Do You Want to Build a Franchise?," 22 Mar. 2018 Some of them are amazingly delicious, particularly the ones that substitute tequila or mezcal, or ones that play up the bitter elements to the hilt. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "What bartenders drink: An affair with all things bitter | Idaho Statesman," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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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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