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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Its entrance was guarded by a force of halberdiers with the armorial bearings of the bishop.
First came a dozen drummers, who understood pretty well how to handle their instruments; then came halberdiers, and some armed with cross-bows.
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.
It is 500 years since King James IV and the flower of Scots chivalry were scythed down at Flodden by Henry VIII's halberdiers.
We were all alone, fugitives from justice, whores, tradesmen, sailors, and myself, the colony's sole man of God, against the halberdiers of the court.