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

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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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

    Nathan Gallizier

  • Fleuret meant in Old French a sword-blade not yet polished and hilted, and we find it used, as we do Eng.

British Dictionary definitions for hilted


  1. the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
  2. to the hilt to the full
  1. (tr) to supply with a hilt

Word Origin for hilt

Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza
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Word Origin and History for hilted



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with hilted


see to the hilt.

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