Definition of dight in English:



  • Clothed or equipped.

    • ‘Oft he had seene her faire, but never so faire dight.’


[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • 1 Make ready for a use or purpose; prepare.

    • ‘But the next spring he dights his ship for Denmark, and there he was for another winter, and was well beholden withal, though tidings be not told thereof.’
    • ‘Then the Lady Guinevere, greatly marvelling, aroused herself right quickly, and, dighting herself with all speed, went with the damsel unto that casement window which looked out into that part of the garden.’
    • ‘This palace was hung with fine tapestry and arrasses of silk and dighted with fine glass windows in all directions.’
    • ‘In the gospel of Saint Luke it is written, that when our Lord was in the house of Martha her sister, all the time that Martha made her busy about the dighting of His meat, Mary her sister sat at His feet.’
    1. 1.1Scottish, Northern English Wipe clean or dry.
      ‘take a cloth and dight it up’
      rub, clean, mop, sponge, swab
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    2. 1.2Scottish, Northern English Winnow (corn).


Middle English: past participle of archaic dight ‘order, deal with’, based on Latin dictare compose (in language), order. The wide and varied use of the word in Middle English is reflected dialectally.