A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.
A combination spear and battle-ax, used in the 15th and 16th cent.
Other Word Forms
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”)