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GELD, old Eng. law. It signifies a fine or compensation for an offence; also, rent, money or tribute.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At sixteen Judith Sara Gelt finally rebelled after spending years watching her warm, Jewish home in Denver disintegrate.
Mike Collins, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Hadrian's Wall at Historic England, said: "These inscriptions at Gelt Forest are probably the most important on the Hadrian's Wall frontier.
Historic England The Written Rock of Gelt was left by Roman soldiers who carried out repair work to Hadrian's Wall in 207AD, and included (top left) a caricature of their commanding officer
The "Alexa Revolution" continues … as a highly desired stocking stuffer and Hanukkah gelt grabber.
Gampel compares this sort of reparations to the Yiddish term gut-makhn gelt, or "well-making money" (reparations), which many Jews refused after the Holocaust.
But what of the practice of giving children gelt ("money" in Yiddish) during the festival of lights?
He was talking to Joost Van Der Gelt representative of Vida XL.Com, an online company of Netherland.
All children will receive a free gift of traditional Hanukkah chocolate "gelt" (gold coins).
On Friday, July 24, work will start to the south of Brampton Roundabout at Gelt for one week, and will move to the Redpeth junction at Spital for approximately one week on Friday, July 27.
Originally in eastern Europe, Jews gave gelt to children at Hanukkah, which children were expected to contribute to charity or to their teachers.