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[hawl-ter] /ˈhɔl tər/
noun
1.
a rope or strap with a noose or headstall for leading or restraining horses or cattle.
2.
a rope with a noose for hanging criminals; the hangman's noose; gallows.
3.
death by hanging.
4.
Also called halter top. a woman's top, secured behind the neck and across the back, leaving the arms, shoulders, upperback, and often the midriff bare.
verb (used with object)
5.
to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
6.
to hang (a person).
adjective
7.
(of a garment) having a neckline consisting of a cord, strap, band, or the like that is attached to or forms part of the front of a backless and sleeveless bodice and extends around the neck:
a halter dress.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hælfter; cognate with German Halfter
Related forms
halterlike, adjective
unhaltered, adjective
unhaltering, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halter top

halter

/ˈhɔːltə/
noun
1.
a rope or canvas headgear for a horse, usually with a rope for leading
2.
Also called halterneck. a style of woman's top fastened behind the neck and waist, leaving the back and arms bare
3.
a rope having a noose for hanging a person
4.
death by hanging
verb (transitive)
5.
to secure with a halter or put a halter on
6.
to hang (someone)
Word Origin
Old English hælfter; related to Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch heliftra
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Word Origin and History for halter top

halter

n.

Old English hælftre "rope for leading a horse," from West Germanic *halftra- "that by which something is held" (cf. Old Saxon haliftra "halter," Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch halfter; see helve). In women's clothing sense, originally "strap attached to the top of a backless bodice and looped around the neck," 1935, later extended to the tops themselves.

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