A horse wearing a halter.
halter definition by Webster's New World
- a rope, cord, strap, etc., usually with a headstall, for tying or leading an animal
- a bitless headstall, with or without a lead rope
- a rope for hanging a person; hangman's noose
- execution by hanging
- a garment for covering the breast, held up by a cord or loop around the neck, and worn by women and girls to bare the shoulders and back
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hælftre (akin to German halfter) ; from base of helfe (see helve): basic sense “that by which something is held”
- to put a halter on (an animal); tie with a halter
- to hang (a person)
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin lead weights ; from Classical Greek haltēr, weight held (to give impetus) in leaping ; from hallesthai, to leap ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sel- from source Classical Latin salire
halter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A device made of rope or leather straps that fits around the head or neck of an animal and is used to lead or secure the animal.
- a. A rope with a noose used for execution by hanging.b. Death or execution by hanging.
- A halter-top.
- To put a halter on.
- To control with or as if with a halter.
- To hang (someone).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hǽlftre.
noun pl. hal·ter·es
Origin: Latin haltēr, lead weights used in leaping exercises, from sing. of Greek haltēres, from hallesthai, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.