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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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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 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.
Portrait of a Halberdier," this month's cover image, is considered Pontormo's masterpiece.
Christie's Classic Art Week in New York offers the last of the Old Masters amassed by Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-89)--a collection best known for Pontormo's celebrated Portrait of a Halberdier, long on loan to the Frick Collection in New York but now in the Getty.
Very seldom do we encounter heroism or prowess in Waugh's military: apart from a few exceptions, such as the heroic resistance of the Second Halberdier Battalion in Crete, (3) the behaviour of the military all through the trilogy is characterised by inefficiency, chaos, tactlessness or cowardice.
The Sword for this Satanic neo-Diocletian was inspired by the martial career of Guy's fellow Halberdier, the lying Trimmer.
We see Cranach's self-portrait in Alpheus, father of the Apostle St James the Younger in The Holy Kinship (Vienna Academy) and again as a halberdier in the Beheading of John the Baptist (Kromeriz Episcopal Palace).