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Definition of the noun hilt

What does hilt mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hilts

  1. the handle of a sword or dagger
    • example: He's living his role to the hilt.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: grip / handgrip / handle / hold = the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    • more specific term: basket hilt = a hilt with a basket-shaped guard for the hand
    • part of: dagger / sticker = a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing; blade / brand / steel / sword = a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
    • part: pommel / knob = an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger

Alternative definition of the noun hilt


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

Specialised definition of the noun hilt

Glossary of sports / fencing

the handle of the sword. It includes the guard, and a grip and pommel (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the area of the sword excluding the blade and including the guard, grip, pad and pommel


Hilt was a collective group of Vancouver musicians, usually referred to as a side project of the group Skinny Puppy. The group comprised Alan Nelson, a seminal member of many local Vancouver rock and punk groups, on vocals, with cEvin Key and D.R. Goettel on instruments.

Phrases with Hilt

  1. basket hilt
  2. to the hilt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hilt

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Google previewEuropean Weapons and Armour (2012)

From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution by Ewart Oakeshott

Even so, making allowance for the fact that almost every individual hilt is a sub-type on its own, it is possible...

Google previewOhio State University Monthly (1911)

by Alumni Association, Ohio State University

The hilt is a combination of open scroll work and repousse figures ...

Google previewAn Elementary Handbook of Logic (1918)

by John Joseph Toohey

an animal;" but we cannot say, "The hilt is a sword" or "The soul is a man." Because the dividing members or species may stand as subject in an affirmative proposition in which the ...

Google previewFirst Footsteps in East Africa (2011)

Or, An Exploration of Harar by Richard Burton

The handle is of buffalo or other horn, with a double scoop to fit the grasp ; and at the hilt is a conical ornament of zinc. It is worn strapped round the waist by a thong sewed to the sheath, and long enough to encircle the body twice : the point is ...

Google previewWarman's Civil War Collectibles Identification and Price Guide (2010)

by Russell E. Lewis

The hilt is a large half-basket style with “U.S.” cast in the counterguard with open work floral decorations surrounding, $5,750. James D. Julia Auctioneers Grouping consisting of a presentation grade U.S. Model 1850 staff and field officer's ...

Google previewWarman's Civil War Collectibles Field Guide (2006)

Identification and Price Guide by John F. Graf

Brass hilt is a very nice golden patina with the aforementioned turned-down clamshell guard. Cutdown black saddle leather ...

Google previewWarman's Civil War Collectibles (2006)

Identification and Price Guide by John F. Graf

Brass hilt is a very nice golden patina with the aforementioned turned-down clamshell guard. Cutdown black saddle leather ...

Google previewThe Upholsterer (1916)

The black hilt is an attractive contrast to the gray of the blade. This new device has already found its way into many clubs. CHANGES IN GIMBEL'S NEW YORK DEPARTMENT. CONSIDERABLE change has been made in the upholstery ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1862)

E - P by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Hilt. Du. hille, hilte, holte or holde, the hilt of a sword. — Kil. ON .

Google previewEncyclopaedia Heraldica, Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry (1828)

by William Berry

hilt and pomel or.

Google previewA new and enlarged military dictionary, or, Alphabetical explanation of technical terms (1810)

by Charles James

hilt, or guards hilt, as it was first worn...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1899)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

New York, 1 Hilt. (N. Y.) 562. North Carolina. — Gray v. Gaither, 71 N. Car. 55. An order to show cause operates ...

Google previewThe New standard encyclopedia (1907)

by William A. Colledge, Nathan Haskell Dole, George Jotham Hagar

It may be uniform in breadth throughout, with a truncated end, or it may taper from the hilt to a fine point. The blade, moreover, may have a piercing point alone, as in the rapier, and it may be curved throughout its entire length, as in the Oriental ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

BASKET-HILT, bās'-kit-hilt. s. A hilt of a weapon so made as to contain the whole hand. BASKET-WOMAN, bās'-kit-wāmūn. s. A woman that plies at markets with a basket. BASS, bä's. a. In musick, grave, deep. BASS-VIOL, bás-vi'-ūl. s.

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language... (1803)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation... by John Walker

Basket-hilt, bás'kit-hilt. s. (99). A hilt of a weapon so made as to contain the whole hand. Basker-woman, bás'kit-wilm-èn. s. (166). A woman that plies at market with a basket.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Heraldry (1851)

Or General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Comprising a Registry of All Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time, Including the Late Grants by the College of Arms by John Burke, Bernard Burke

a ma lass of the last, also erect, hilt and pomel or. Ar. on a chev. gu. three mullets of the field ; on a chief az. as many suns or. Crest — A fish's bead erased, per fesse, ppr .

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Basket hilt Meaning

Video shows what basket hilt means. A style of sword hilt that surrounds and protects the hand.. Basket hilt Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio ...

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True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. (Garth Brooks)
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Scrabble value of H4I1L1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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