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  1. the handle of a sword or dagger.

  2. the handle of any weapon or tool.

verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a hilt.

Idioms about hilt

  1. to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully to play the role to the hilt.: Also up to the hilt.

Origin of hilt

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e); cognate with Middle Dutch hilt(e), Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza “handle of a sword”

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British Dictionary definitions for hilt


/ (hɪlt) /

  1. the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc

  2. to the hilt to the full

  1. (tr) to supply with a hilt

Origin of hilt

Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza

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see to the hilt.

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