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 (hăl′bərd, hôl′-) also hal·bert (-bərt)
A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axelike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.

[French hallebarde, from Old French alabarde, from Old Italian alabarda, from Middle High German helmbarde, halmbarte : helm, handle + barte, axe (from Old High German barta; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).]

hal′ber·dier′ (-bər-dîr′) n.


(ˌhæl bərˈdɪər, ˌhɔl-)

a soldier, guard, or attendant armed with a halberd.
[1540–50; < Middle French]
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Noun1.halberdier - a guard who carries a halberd (as a symbol of his duty)halberdier - a guard who carries a halberd (as a symbol of his duty)
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone


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The twenty men marched straight toward the barrier, but from behind the beams, from among the wagon-wheels and from the heights of the rocks a terrible fusillade burst forth and at the same time Planchet's halberdiers appeared at the corner of the Cemetery of the Innocents, and Louvieres's bourgeois at the corner of the Rue de la Monnaie.
They were the eyes of giant crustacea crouched in their holes; giant lobsters setting themselves up like halberdiers, and moving their claws with the clicking sound of pincers; titanic crabs, pointed like a gun on its carriage; and frightful-looking poulps, interweaving their tentacles like a living nest of serpents.
All at once, in the midst of this delicious silence, there resounded a clear ringing laugh, which caused several of the halberdiers in the enjoyment of their siesta to open at least one eye.
First came a dozen drummers, who understood pretty well how to handle their instruments; then came halberdiers, and some armed with cross-bows.
Two halberdiers, clad in black, guarded the drawbridge, and others, in the same sad livery, glided to and fro upon the walls with a funereal pace, resembling spectres more than soldiers.
Its entrance was guarded by a force of halberdiers with the armorial bearings of the bishop.
Jones did not think fit to acquaint the serjeant with his design; though he might have done it with great safety, for the halberdier was himself a man of honour, and had killed his man.
The Banqueting House guests would have arrived in boats (in many cases, their own) at the nearest stairs up from the river where they would most likely have been met by torchbearers and halberdiers to accompany them over the relatively few yards to their destination and back when the festivities were over.
Dressed in period costume, the turf cutter and assistant - supported by two squires and two halberdiers and protected by the armour-clad Town Champion - stop at 12 stations around the town to cut a sod of turf and proclaim: "It's a' oor ain.
When Cromwell was executed, a thousand halberdiers stood guard for he was very popular with the common people.
Similarly, in Men at Arms the first embarkation takes place at the Pembroke docks, where Guy's Halberdiers "embarked in three ancient heterogeneous merchantmen" but "next morning they disembarked and saw the three ships sail away empty", only to re-embark later (MA 160).
Therefore, archers, crossbowmen, halberdiers of knightly rank,/Scythemen and macebearers from all walks of life, /Remember always the Lord benevolent.