Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for smolt in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Middle English smolt, smylt, from Old English smolt, smeolt (“mild, peaceful, serene, still, gentle, clear, bright”), from Proto-Germanic *smultaz, *smeltaz (“quiet, gentle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (“to beat, grind, crush, make weak”). Cognate with Scots smolt (“calm”), Old Saxon smultro (“quiet”), Middle Dutch smolt, smout (“weak, gentle, quiet”), Middle High German smolz (“dear, lovely, beautiful, sheen”).
- (Britain dialectal) Bright; serene.
- (Britain dialectal, of weather) Calm; fine; fair.
- (Britain dialectal) Smooth and shining.
smolt (plural smolts)