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Dec 12, 2017
This week’s theme
Sword Words

This week’s words
contretemps
hilt
feint
ensiform
swashbuckler

hilt
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hilt

PRONUNCIATION:
(hilt)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Used in the expression “to the hilt”: to the maximum extent; fully.
2. A handle, especially of a sword or dagger.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English hilt/hilte. Earliest documented use: around 1000.

USAGE:
“The affable DJ spun some eclectic mixes which ensured the joint was packed to the hilt.”
Music Keeps the Party Going; The Times of India (New Delhi); Mar 13, 2012.

See more usage examples of hilt in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It's splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts. -Gustave Flaubert, novelist (12 Dec 1821-1880)

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