Origin of halberd
Examples from the Web for halberd
Surrounded, Richard fought on ferociously until his skull was crushed by a halberd.
Each struck with the sword or with the halberd: at last the soldiers of the Five Cantons were driven back in disorder.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
He has in his hands a nonsensical seventeenth-century halberd, with which he is trying to kill men in a street in Notting Hill.The Napoleon of Notting Hill|Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ulenspiegel saw, spitted on the blade of the halberd, a big knuckle bone.The Legend of Ulenspiegel|Charles de Coster
Hastate, like the head of a halberd—applied to leaves which have a spreading lobe on each side of the base.Seeds of Michigan Weeds|W. J. (William James) Beal
"I take the matter upon myself," replied Eck, and setting his halberd aside, bought him off from the recruiting party.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Word Origin 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.