Definitions for halberdˈhæl bərd, ˈhɔl-; -bərt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hal•berdˈhæl bərd, ˈhɔl-; -bərt(n.)

also hal•bert

  1. a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries.

    Category: Military

Origin of halberd:

1485–95; < MF hallebarde < MLG helmbarde=helm handle (c. helm1) +barde broadax (c. MHG barte)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. halberd(noun)

    a pike fitted with an ax head


  1. 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.

  2. Origin: hallebarde, from halmbarte, from halm + barte

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halberd(noun)

    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


  1. Halberd

    A halberd is a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries. The word halberd may come from the German words Halm, and Barte. In modern-day German, the weapon is called a Hellebarde. The halberd consists of an axe blade topped with a spike mounted on a long shaft. It always has a hook or thorn on the back side of the axe blade for grappling mounted combatants. It is very similar to certain forms of the voulge in design and usage. The halberd was 1.5 to 1.8 metres long.


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