Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A projection on the fore part of a horseshoe, designed to relieve the foot in cases of lameness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pike fitted with an ax head

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

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(1495) Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German halmbarte ("broad-axe with handle"), from halm ("handle") + barte ("hatchet")

Examples

  • An ensign-halyard-block is no more a pulley than your halberd is a boarding-pike.

    Pathfinder; or, the inland sea

  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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  • Clad in flamboyant striped uniforms, the guard's role is largely ceremonial and many of its members still carry around a medieval weapon - the halberd, which is a combination of spear and battle axe.

    Clerical Whispers

  • Clad in flamboyant striped uniforms, the guard's role is largely ceremonial and many of its members still carry around a medieval weapon - the halberd, which is a combination of spear and battle axe.

    Clerical Whispers

  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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  • The Swiss guard at the Vatican today display the halberd, which is sort of a spontoon to which is affixed a cutting edge back of a point, though they do not cut anybody with it anymore, as far as I can tell.

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  • The halberd is a far cry from the powerful scythe you'll be armed with for the majority of the game; nonetheless, Dante is a powerful fighter and you'll make quick work of the enemy soldiers by using both light and heavy attacks (tied to the X and Y buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, respectively).

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