- a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Origin of halberd
Examples from the Web for halberd
Surrounded, Richard fought on ferociously until his skull was crushed by a halberd.Unraveling King Richard III’s Secrets
February 13, 2013
You have a halberd and I a sword, let us start our wanderings over the world.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Bersi had a halberd in one hand and a staff in the other, and Halldor had Whitting.
Then, dropping the halberd, he seized a spade and began the first embankment.Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)
It seems it's a kind of halberd—a sort of cross between a spear and an ax.Jack the Young Cowboy
George Bird Grinnell
They carry a halberd, or sort of lance with a sharp blade at the end.Our Little English Cousin
- 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
Word Origin and History for halberd
late 15c., from Middle French hallebarde (earlier alabarde, 15c.), from Middle High German halmbarte "broad-axe with handle," from halm "handle" (see helm) + barte "hatchet," possibly from Proto-Germanic *bardoz "beard," also "hatchet, broadax." Alternative etymology [Kluge, Darmesteter] traces first element to helm "helmet," making the weapon an axe for smashing helmets.