a combination spear and battle-ax, used in the 15th and 16th cent.
Origin of halberdLate Middle English haubert from Old French hallebarde and 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 axelike 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 axe ( from Old High German barta ; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.)
(1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte (“broad-axe with handle”), from halm (“handle”) + barte (“hatchet”)