Definition of hilt in English:

hilt

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Pronunciation: /hɪlt
 
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noun

The handle of a weapon or tool, especially a sword, dagger, or knife.
More example sentences
  • Quad's hands gripped sword hilts, cueing Mack to bring his rifle to a firing position.
  • Lodge put his sunglasses on and stood up, his hand gripped around the hilt of his weapon.
  • Veon frowned but said nothing, his hand gripping the hilt of his sword tightly.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English hilt, hilte, of Germanic origin.

Phrases

(up) to the hilt

Completely: the estate was mortgaged up to the hilt
More example sentences
  • Mortgaged up to the hilt, the builder has not declared any intention to bid for the company.
  • Once again, Middle Britain is mortgaged to the hilt, spurred by the lowest interest rates in 38 years.
  • He has mortgaged his country to the hilt for military equipment.
Synonyms

Derivatives

hilted

adjective
[in combination]: a cross-hilted sword

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