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verb (used with object), dight or dight·ed, dight·ing.
  1. Archaic. to dress; adorn.
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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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Examples from the Web for dight

Historical Examples of dight

  • The morning of the Sabbath day—in dight Of many a hallowed strain it comes.

    A Leaf from the Old Forest

    J. D. Cossar

  • Ne'er kiss a man's wife, or dight his knife, for he'll do baith after you.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • But lo, now were they dight in fresh and fair raiment and gleaming war-array.

  • She was not dight to go nor ride She had no joy of the summer-tide.

    Poems by the Way

    William Morris

  • Dight is the participle of the verb to dight, meaning to adorn.

British Dictionary definitions for dight


verb dights, dighting, dight or dighted (tr) archaic
  1. to adorn or equip, as for battle
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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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