a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.
- Also hal·bert [hal-bert, hawl-, hol-; formerly haw-bert]. /ˈhæl bərt, ˈhɔl-, ˈhɒl-; formerly ˈhɔ bərt/.
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How to use halberd in a sentence
Surrounded, Richard fought on ferociously until his skull was crushed by a halberd.
A violent blow drew him from his ecstasy; his hat had been knocked off with the stroke of a soldier's halberd.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
You have a halberd and I a sword, let us start our wanderings over the world.The Napoleon of Notting Hill | Gilbert K. Chesterton
The next moment M. de Piles fell, pierced by the halberd of one of the archers of the guard.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
He was endued with a buff jerkin, wore a broad belt and cutlass by his side, and carried a halberd in his hand.Quentin Durward | Sir Walter Scott
The jangle of a halberd as its bearer let the butt drop heavily on the stone steps added force to the summons.The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for halberd
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
- halberdier, noun
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