American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang Money.
- v. A past tense and a past participle of geld1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. slang Money.
- n. Judaism Money given as a gift on Hanukkah.
- n. Judaism Candy eaten on Hanukkah in the shape of coins, wrapped in metallic foil.
- n. obsolete Gilding; gilt.
- v. Simple past and past participle of geld
- n. A gelding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Trubute, tax.
- n. obsolete A gelding.
- n. obsolete Gilding; tinsel.
- n. informal terms for money
- From Middle English, from gelden ("to geld, castrate"). More at geld. (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish, from Middle High German geld, from Old High German gelt, recompense. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Students of another local Jewish institution, Chabad Hebrew School in Blue Ash, will be building their menorah out of chocolate coins, known as gelt, on Sunday morning.”
“April 10th, 2009 12: 37pm stanley Jerusalem only the gelt is the problem to getting there - the funt does not buy much these days, so I will have to suffer the jibes of the punctuaters as I drown in the lonly sea of common sense alone - well more or less:)”
“It’s called gelt because the lesson learned is worthwhile, as precious as money, and more important than whatever was lost or spilled or forgotten.”
“At that house, he would stop playing his game of solitaire over in the corner table and, cigar-smoke billowing around his massive figure, have me ask him in Yiddish -- bitte mia gelt -- "please give me some money," before peeling off a fresh ten soles bill.”
“It seemed a natural enough progression to me from dreydels, to gelt to a new Walkman ™.”
“The suck ups to the suits will allows have the gelt to run, but public financing allows folks who want to serve the voters (without "servicing" the voters) to have a decent shot.”
“When I was a child, my truth about Hanukkah was that, as the only Jewish kid in my class, Hanukkah meant that my mom would bake shortbread cookies in shapes of menorahs and dreidels and put colored sprinkles on them and bring them to school for my classmates while she explained the story of the Maccabees and handed out dreidels and chocolate gelt.”
“Even the years my dad worked at a small IT company in Markham, the four of us would get to attend a Chanukah party where the woman of the household would fry up the most delicious latkes and treat every kid there with a piece of chocolate gelt.”
“And don't go stingy on the leftover chocolate gelt.”
“Refreshingly, the commercial breakthrough led not to diminishing creative returns in lieu of Hollywood gelt, but instead yielded several unique, seemingly quixotic projects.”
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