Gelt meaning

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Money.
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Money.
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(obsolete) Gilding; gilt.
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Simple past and past participle of geld.
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(slang) Money.
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(Judaism) Money, especially that given as a gift on Hanukkah or used in games of dreidel.
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(Judaism) Chocolate candy in the shape of coins, usually wrapped in metallic foil, usually eaten on Hanukkah and often used for games of dreidel.
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(rare) A lunatic.
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Origin of gelt

From Middle High German gelt (Modern German Geld), from Old High German gelt (“payment, money”), from Proto-Germanic *geldą (“reward, gift, money”), from Proto-Indo-European *gheldh- (“to pay”). Reinforced by Yiddish געלט (gelt). Cognate with native geld, Dutch geld (“money”), Danish gjæld (“debt”), Swedish gäld (“debt”).