What does the word hilt mean?

Usage examples for hilt

  1. 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
  2. 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.