a combination spear and battle-ax, used in the 15th and 16th cent.
Origin of halberdLate Middle English haubert ; from Old French hallebarde and amp; Middle Dutch hellebaerde, both ; from Middle High German helmbarte ; from helm, handle, staff (see helm) + barte, an ax, variant, variety of bart, beard
A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.
Origin of halberdFrench hallebarde, from Old French alabarde, from Old Italian alabarda, from Middle High German helmbarde, halmbarte : helm, handle + barte, ax (from Old High German barta; see bhardh-a- in Indo-European roots).
(1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte (“broad-axe with handle”), from halm (“handle”) + barte (“hatchet”)