halter top


1 [hawl-ter]
a rope or strap with a noose or headstall for leading or restraining horses or cattle.
a rope with a noose for hanging criminals; the hangman's noose; gallows.
death by hanging.
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)
to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
to hang (a person).
(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.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hælfter; cognate with German Halfter

halterlike, adjective
unhaltered, adjective
unhaltering, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To halter top
World English Dictionary
halter (ˈhɔːltə)
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
5.  to secure with a halter or put a halter on
6.  to hang (someone)
[Old English hælfter; related to Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch heliftra]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. hælftre "halter for horses," from W.Gmc. *halftra- "that by which something is held" (cf. O.H.G. halftra, M.Du. 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature