Definitions

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  • n. A warrior; hero; man.

Etymologies

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From Middle English heleth, from Old English hæleþ ("man, hero, fighter"), from Proto-Germanic *haliþaz, *haluþaz (“man, hero”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“youth, son”). Cognate with West Frisian held ("hero"), Dutch held ("hero"), German Held ("hero"), Danish helt ("hero"), Swedish hjälte ("hero"), Norwegian hold ("hero"). Compare hathel.

Examples

  • ¶ And Adoni'jah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zo'heleth, which is by En–ro'gel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants: but Nathan the prophet, and Benai'ah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

    1 Kings 1.

  • And there is a vessel of marbre, undre the table, to resseyve the oyle, thare of thay yeven unto pylgrymes: for it heleth of many sykenesses.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • [Sidenote: Fresh-Water Crayfish is hard to digest.] ¶ The Asshes of hym is gode to make white tethe/& to kepe the motes out of the clothes/it w {i} t {h} dryueth byles, & heleth mangynes.

    Early English Meals and Manners

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