- the handle of a sword or dagger.
- the handle of any weapon or tool.
- to furnish with a 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
Examples from the Web for hilted
Historical Examples of hilted
It was a simple uniform of blue and white, with a single silver epaulette, and a sword, hilted with the same metal.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
His belt was of black and gold, and the dagger it held was hilted with gleaming jewels.The Hill of Venus
Fleuret meant in Old French a sword-blade not yet polished and hilted, and we find it used, as we do Eng.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
- to the hilt to the full
- (tr) to supply with a hilt
Word Origin for hilt
Old English hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.
see to the hilt.