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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hiltnoun

    the handle of a sword or dagger


  1. hiltnoun

    The handle of a sword, consisting of grip, guard, and pommel, designed to facilitate use of the blade and afford protection to the hand.

  2. hiltnoun

    The base of the penis

  3. Etymology: From hilt, hilte.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hiltnoun

    The handle of any thing, particularly of a sword.

    Etymology: hilt, Saxon, from Healdan, to hold.

    Now sits expectation in the air,
    And hides a sword from hilt unto the point,
    With crowns imperial; crowns and coronets,
    Promis’d to Harry and his followers. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Take thou the hilt,
    And when my face is cover’d, as ’tis now,
    Guide thou the sword. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Be his this sword, whose blade of brass displays
    A ruddy gleam; whose hilt, a silver blaze. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. Hilt

    The hilt (rarely called a haft or shaft) of a knife, dagger, sword, or bayonet is its handle, consisting of a guard, grip and pommel. The guard may contain a crossguard or quillons. A tassel or sword knot may be attached to the guard or pommel.


  1. hilt

    A hilt is the handle of a weapon or tool, especially a sword, dagger, or knife. It is designed to protect the hand and offer a secure grip when using the blade. It often includes various elements such as the guard, grip, and pommel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiltnoun

    a handle; especially, the handle of a sword, dagger, or the like

  2. Etymology: [AS. hilt, hilte; akin to OHG. helza, Prov. G. hilze, Icel. hjalt.]


  1. Hilt

    The hilt of a sword is its handle, consisting of a guard, grip and pommel. The guard may contain a crossguard or quillons. A ricasso may also be present, but this is rarely the case. A tassel or sword knot may be attached to the guard or pommel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hilt

    hilt, n. the handle, esp. of a sword.—adj. Hilt′ed, having a hilt.—Up to the hilt, completely, thoroughly, to the full. [A.S. hilt; Dut. hilte, Old High Ger. helza; not conn. with hold.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hilt

    The handle and guard of a sword.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hilt

    The handle of anything, especially of a cutting instrument, as a knife or sword.

Editors Contribution

  1. Hilt

    The handle of a weapon or tool.

    He held the sword by it's hilt.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 29, 2014  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HILT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hilt is ranked #10119 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hilt surname appeared 3,185 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hilt.

    89.2% or 2,842 total occurrences were White.
    6.6% or 211 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 67 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hilt in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hilt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hilt in a Sentence

  1. Des Barres:

    To me, great sex is like touching God, and I was lucky enough to have experienced it to the hilt and wrote about it freely, openly and joyously, when not many other women had.

  2. Rooma Mehra:

    We were very very lucky children! I pray that our future generations have as much fun, in whatever way! We should at least try to leave enough water, greenery, forests .. simple means of human sustenance .. if for no other reason but to repay Nature's debt on all of us..who enjoyed nature's charity to the hilt selfishly..when it was meant for ALL human beings including children of the future ..

  3. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    The enemy is using the lever of sanctions to the hilt and their goal is to stop our people's progress, i believe that if we allow them to dictate to us on the nuclear issue, they will still keep the sanctions in place because what they are against is the very foundation of our revolution.

  4. Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte:

    I never said that killing journalists is justified because they are involved in corruption, my duty as president is to uphold and enforce the law and I will pursue and prosecute these killers to the hilt.

  5. Chip Felkel:

    He's tapped into an uneasiness, and he's done it cleverly, he's played it to the hilt.

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