halberd

[hal-berd, hawl-, hol-; formerly haw-berd]
noun
a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Also, halbert [hal-bert, hawl-, hol-; formerly haw-bert] .


Origin:
1485–95; earlier haubert < Middle French hallebarde < Middle Low German helmbarde, equivalent to helm handle (cognate with helm1) + barde broadax (cognate with Middle High German barte)

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halberd or halbert (ˈhælbəd, ˈhælbət)
 
n
a weapon consisting of a long shaft with an axe blade and a pick, topped by a spearhead: used in 15th- and 16th-century warfare
 
[C15: from Old French hallebarde, from Middle High German helm handle, helm1 + barde axe, from Old High German bartbeard]
 
halbert or halbert
 
n
 
[C15: from Old French hallebarde, from Middle High German helm handle, helm1 + barde axe, from Old High German bartbeard]
 
halber'dier or halbert
 
n

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halberd
late 15c., from M.Fr. hallebarde, from M.H.G. halmbarte "broad-axe with handle," from halm "handle" + barte "hatchet," from P.Gmc. bardoz beard." Alternative etymology traces first element to helm "helmet," making the weapon an axe for smashing helmets.
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Although the halberd was used for ceremony, it was an imposing weapon with a tip that combined a spear point and an ax.
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