halberd

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hal·berd

 (hăl′bərd, hôl′-) also hal·bert (-bərt)
n.
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.

halberd

(ˈhælbəd) or

halbert

n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon consisting of a long shaft with an axe blade and a pick, topped by a spearhead: used in 15th- and 16th-century warfare
[C15: from Old French hallebarde, from Middle High German helm handle, helm1 + barde axe, from Old High German bart beard]
ˌhalberˈdier n

hal•berd

(ˈhæl bərd, ˈhɔl-)

also hal•bert

(-bərt)

n.
a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries.
[1485–95; < Middle French hallebarde < Middle Low German helmbarde=helm handle (c. helm1) + barde broadax (c. Middle High German barte)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.halberd - a pike fitted with an ax headhalberd - a pike fitted with an ax head  
battle-ax, battle-axe - a broadax used as a weapon
pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
Translations
halapartna

halberd

[ˈhælbəd] Nalabarda f

halberd

nHellebarde f
References in classic literature ?
At this signal, eight guards, who were lounging in the sun in the square court, ran to their halberts, and Monsieur made his solemn entry into the castle.
One of the maitres d'hotel, the first in rank, touched one of the guards, who was snoring on his bench, slightly with his wand; he even carried his kindness so far as to place the halbert which stood against the wall in the hands of the man stupid with sleep, after which the soldier, without explanation, escorted the viande of Monsieur to the refectory, preceded by a page and the two maitres d'hotel.
The Halberts acquired the house for $95,000 in March 1974 from Clyde McConnell Building Inc.