Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Money.
  • v. A past tense and a past participle of geld1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Money.
  • n. Money given as a gift on Hanukkah.
  • n. Candy eaten on Hanukkah in the shape of coins, wrapped in metallic foil.
  • n. Gilding; gilt.
  • v. Simple past and past participle of geld
  • n. A gelding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Trubute, tax.
  • n. A gelding.
  • n. Gilding; tinsel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An occasional preterit and past participle of geld
  • n. A gelding.
  • n. See geld.
  • n. Gilding; gilt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal terms for money

Etymologies

Yiddish, from Middle High German geld, from Old High German gelt, recompense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant spelling of geld ("money"), re-inforced by Yiddish געלט (gelt), from Middle High German gelt, from Old High German gelt ("payment, money"), from Proto-Germanic *geldan (“reward, gift, money”), from Proto-Indo-European *gheldh- (“to pay”). Cognate with German Geld ("money"), Dutch geld ("money"), Danish gjæld ("debt"), Swedish gäld ("debt"). More at geld. (Wiktionary)
Variation of gilt. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from gelden ("to geld, castrate"). More at geld. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Cincinnati.Com - All Local News

  • 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:)

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • 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.

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

  • 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.

    David Kersh: Time-travel to Peru With My Son

  • It seemed a natural enough progression to me from dreydels, to gelt to a new Walkman ™.

    2009 December « The Blog at 16th and Q

  • 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.

    The challengers (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • 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.

    Shawna Dolansky: The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

  • 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.

    Bibbity Bobbity Babka

  • And don't go stingy on the leftover chocolate gelt.

    Meredith Fineman: On Dating & Parental Pressure.

  • Refreshingly, the commercial breakthrough led not to diminishing creative returns in lieu of Hollywood gelt, but instead yielded several unique, seemingly quixotic projects.

    Histories and Mysteries

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