What does the word hilt mean?

Usage examples for hilt

  1. And as he spoke he placed his hand upon his hilt, and made ready to draw. – The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  2. Then the King leapt to his feet, his hand at the jewelled hilt of the dagger that hung at his girdle. – The Sleeping Beauty by C. S. Evans
  3. But the Roman sentinel was standing at his post, his skeleton- hand still grasping the hilt of his sword, his attitude that of a faithful officer. – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.