Halberd meaning

-bərt
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A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.
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A combination spear and battle-ax, used in the 15th and 16th cent.
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A hand weapon consisting of a long pole fitted with a metal head; the head consists of a blade similar to an axe and usually a spike or hook.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
halberd
Plural:
halberds

Origin of halberd

  • French hallebarde from Old French alabarde from Old Italian alabarda from Middle High German helmbarde, halmbarte helm handle barte ax (from Old High German barta bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • (1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte (“broad-axe with handle”), from halm (“handle”) + barte (“hatchet”)

    From Wiktionary