Halberd Hal"berd (h[o^]l"b[~e]rd; 277), n. [F. hallebarde; of German origin; cf. MHG. helmbarte, G. hellebarte; prob. orig., an ax to split a helmet, fr. G. barte a broad ax (orig. from the same source as E. beard; cf. Icel. bar[eth]a, a kind of ax, skegg beard, skeggja a kind of halberd) + helm helmet; but cf. also MHG. helm, halm, handle, and E. helve. See {Beard}, {Helmet}.] (Mil.) An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form. [Written also {halbert}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • halberd — late 15c., from M.Fr. hallebarde (earlier alabarde, 15c.), from M.H.G. halmbarte broad axe with handle, from halm handle (see HELM (Cf. helm)) + barte hatchet, possibly from P.Gmc. *bardoz beard, also hatchet, broadax. Alternative etymology… …   Etymology dictionary

  • halberd — (also halbert) ► NOUN historical ▪ a combined spear and battleaxe. ORIGIN High German helmbarde, from helm handle + barde hatchet …   English terms dictionary

  • halberd — [hal′bərthal′bərd] n. [LME haubert < OFr hallebarde & MDu hellebaerde, both < MHG helmbarte < helm, handle, staff (see HELM2) + barte, an ax, var. of bart, BEARD] a combination spear and battle ax used in the 15th and 16th cent.: also… …   English World dictionary

  • Halberd — A halberd (also called halbert or Swiss voulge) is a two handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries. Possibly the word halberd comes from the German words Halm (staff), and Barte (axe). The halberd consists… …   Wikipedia

  • halberd — /hal beuhrd, hawl , hol /; formerly /haw beuhrd/, n. a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries. Also, halbert /hal beuhrt, hawl , hol /; formerly /haw beuhrt/. [1485 95;… …   Universalium

  • halberd — UK [ˈhælbɜː(r)d] / US [ˈhælbɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms halberd : singular halberd plural halberds a weapon used in the past that was a spear with the head of an axe added to it …   English dictionary

  • halberd — noun A hand weapon consisting of a long pole fitted with a metal head; the head consists of a blade similar to an axe and usually a spike or hook.<! It seems that this article would benefit of attention of somebody who really knows what hes… …   Wiktionary

  • Halberd — A polearm weapon with an axe blade ( for slicing ) one one side balanced by a hook (for hooking and pulling the enemy) on the other side. It also had a point (for thrusting) at the very top. A weapon that emerged along with the glaive and… …   Medieval glossary

  • halberd — also halbert noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German helmbarte, from helm handle + barte ax Date: 15th century a weapon especially of the 15th and 16th centuries consisting typically of a battle ax… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Halberd — A long handled weapon with an axe and spike on the end. Cf. Gisarme; Poleaxe …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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