from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weapon of the 15th and 16th centuries having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A broad blade with sharp edges ending in a sharp point, mounted on a handle from 5 to 7 feet long: a weapon common in the middle ages and later.
- n. A projection on the fore part of a horseshoe, designed to relieve the foot in cases of lameness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pike fitted with an ax head
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; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte ("broad-axe with handle"), from halm ("handle") + barte ("hatchet") (Wiktionary)