halter

1
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to put a halter on; restrain as by a halter.
to hang (a person).

adjective

(of a garment) having a neckline consisting of a cord, strap, band, or the like that is attached to or forms part of the front of a backless and sleeveless bodice and extends around the neck: a halter dress.

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Origin of halter

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English hælfter; cognate with German Halfter

OTHER WORDS FROM halter

hal·ter·like, adjectiveun·hal·tered, adjectiveun·hal·ter·ing, adjective

Definition for halter (2 of 4)

halter2
[ hal-ter ]
/ ˈhæl tər /

noun, plural hal·te·res [hal-teer-eez]. /hælˈtɪər iz/.

one of a pair of slender, club-shaped appendages on the hindmost body segment of a fly, serving to maintain its balance in flight.
Also called balancer.

Origin of halter

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First recorded in 1820–25; from New Latin, special use of Latin haltēr “handheld weight used in long jumps,” from Greek háltēr, derivative of hállesthai “to jump, leap,” akin to Latin salīre with the same meaning; see salient

Definition for halter (3 of 4)

halter3
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /

noun

one who stops.

Origin of halter

3

Definition for halter (4 of 4)

halter4
[ hawl-ter ]
/ ˈhɔl tər /

noun

a person who halts, falters, or hesitates.

Origin of halter

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; see origin at halt2, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for halter

halter
/ (ˈhɔːltə) /

noun

a rope or canvas headgear for a horse, usually with a rope for leading
Also called: halterneck a style of woman's top fastened behind the neck and waist, leaving the back and arms bare
a rope having a noose for hanging a person
death by hanging

verb (tr)

to secure with a halter or put a halter on
to hang (someone)

Word Origin for halter

Old English hælfter; related to Old High German halftra, Middle Dutch heliftra
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