Definition of welt in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɛlt/


1A leather rim sewn round the edge of a shoe upper to which the sole is attached.
Example sentences
  • There was the outline, and around this outline ran a well-defined sewn thread which had, it appeared, attached the welt to the sole.
  • The once sealed welts have cracks, and as for the ‘uppers’, well, enough of this nonsense…
  • The big change is a frame designed along an asymmetrical last to more closely fit the anatomical sole of a boot and lock more tightly into the boot welts.
1.1A ribbed, reinforced, or decorative border of a garment or pocket.
Example sentences
  • Elegant embellishments such as freeform beading, tiered tassels, piping insertions filled with fine rattail cord and pockets tailored with contrast welts are among his trademarks.
  • Pleats, piping, pocket welts, pocket flaps, top-stitched yokes all look wonderful in linen.
  • It has a three-button continental placket with polished agate buttons, a knit collar welt, sleeve bands, and a hemmed bottom with side vents.
2A red, raised mark or scar; a weal.
Example sentences
  • She rubbed, absent-mindedly at the welt of a scar on her thigh, covered and concealed by tights and a dress.
  • Daniel grabbed her hand and pulled up her shirt sleeve to revel thick welts, scabs and scars all over her arm.
  • When they arrived, the soldiers began disarming the guards and giving aid to the prisoners, whose backs, arms and legs were marked with welts and bruises.
3A heavy blow: let me give it a welt with my hammer


[with object]
1Provide with a welt.
2Strike (someone or something) hard and heavily: I could have welted him
More example sentences
  • As the American welted the ball for all he was worth, Stepanek scampered across the baseline and belted it back for a winner.
  • Perhaps he was taking Martin too lightly, but once he had settled down and stopped trying to welt the ball, he always had the edge in a close first set.
  • Before I could think twice, his familiar black leather belt was welting me across my body.
3 [no object] Develop a raised scar or weal: his lip was beginning to thicken and welt from the blow
More example sentences
  • Danny started scratching his neck again and he knew that under his gray turtleneck, his skin was now blotchy, welted and pink.
  • The girl had taken a long look at herself in the mirror before deciding she wasn't bruised or welted or anything.
  • She knew that her back now looked like a mass of red, welted, flesh with deep slashes caused by the whip.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with welt

belt, Celt, dealt, dwelt, felt, gelt, knelt, melt, misdealt, pelt, Scheldt, smelt, spelt, svelte, veld
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