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basket hilt

the basketlike hilt of a sword, foil, etc., serving to cover and protect the hand.
Origin of basket hilt
First recorded in 1540-50
Related forms
basket-hilted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Mendoza lifted his sheathed sword and laid his right hand upon the cross-bar of the basket hilt.

    In The Palace Of The King F. Marion Crawford
  • They are usually of brass or bronze in the shape of a shoe, but frequently they are in the form of the basket hilt of a claymore.

  • And just firmly enough and no more did my wrist twist and deflect his blade on my basket hilt.

  • A steel head-piece, a breastplate of the same sure metal, and a heavy sword with a basket hilt hung above D'Antons' bed.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • I took down a long straight blade, like a rapier, with a basket hilt.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • "That is soon tried," said Vich Alister More, laying his hand upon the basket hilt of his claymore.

    A Legend of Montrose Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for basket hilt

basket hilt

a hilt fitted to a broadsword, with a generally padded basket-shaped guard to protect the hand
Derived Forms
basket-hilted, adjective
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