verb (used with object), dight or dight·ed, dight·ing.

Archaic. to dress; adorn.

Nearby words

  1. digger pine,
  2. digger wasp,
  3. diggers,
  4. digging stick,
  5. diggings,
  6. digibox,
  7. digicam,
  8. digit,
  9. digital,
  10. digital audio tape

Origin of dight

before 1000; Middle English dighten, Old English dihtan to arrange, compose < Latin dīctāre (see dictate); cognate with German dichten

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British Dictionary definitions for dight


verb dights, dighting, dight or dighted (tr) archaic

to adorn or equip, as for battle

Word Origin for dight

Old English dihtan to compose, from Latin dictāre to dictate

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Word Origin and History for dight



"to adorn" (archaic or poetic), Old English dihtan "dictate, appoint, ordain; guide; compose," an early borrowing from Latin dictare "to dictate" (see dictate (v.)).

The Latin word borrowed even earlier into continental Germanic became Old High German dihton "to write compose," German dichten "to write poetry." In Middle English, dight exploded to a vast array of meanings (including "to rule," "to handle," "to abuse," "to have sex with," "to kill," "to clothe," "to make ready," "to repair") till it was one of the most-used verbs in the language, but all senses have faded now into obscurity, dialect, or poetic use.

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