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halberdier

[hal-ber-deer] /ˌhæl bərˈdɪər/
noun
1.
a soldier, guard, or attendant armed with a halberd.
Origin of halberdier
1540-1550
From the Middle French word hallebardier, dating back to 1540-50. See halberd, -ier2
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  • A servant and a halberdier in the Prince's service, seeing these traces, rushed after him.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • She stops on the landing and looks our halberdier in the eye.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • I have faithfuly and conscientiously,' says he, 'performed my duties as a halberdier.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • "Then learn that you must salute all the royal carriages, whoever may be in them," said the halberdier gruffly.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • And the King's halberdier stuck his lance through Niels Sture's eye, and thus gave him his death.

    Pictures of Sweden Hans Christian Andersen
  • I am tempted to suspect that the head was that of a halberdier at some such scene as the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • Jacopo motioned to Antonio to stand fast, while he drew nearer to the halberdier and whispered.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • No matter; I will go down by the court of the palace, and boldly pass the halberdier unmasked.

    The Bravo J. Fenimore Cooper
  • And he goes over and tells the halberdier to go upstairs and hustle the grub at the swells' table.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • And the halberdier sits down at the table at the girl's side, and I served the rest of the supper.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry

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