the handle of a sword or dagger.
the handle of any weapon or tool.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a hilt.

Nearby words

  1. hillsite,
  2. hilltop,
  3. hilly,
  4. hillyer,
  5. hilo,
  6. hilton,
  7. hilton's law,
  8. hilton's white line,
  9. hilum,
  10. hilus


    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

  • 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



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; 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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