Part of speech: noun

The handle and guard of a sword or dagger.

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Usage examples "hilt":

  1. And as he spoke he placed his hand upon his hilt, and made ready to draw. - "The God of Love", 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", 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", W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B..