[ hilt ]
/ hɪlt /
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the handle of a sword or dagger.
the handle of any weapon or tool.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a hilt.



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Idioms for hilt

    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) /


the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
to the hilt to the full


(tr) to supply with a hilt
Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza
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Idioms and Phrases with hilt


see to the hilt.

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