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”)
- To threaten him with a hundred strokes of the halberd.
- Halberd Halbert >>
- Wide, curving out of the water at the ends, with ornamental bow and stern pieces and an iron beak (ferro), resembling a halberd, which is the highest part of the boat.