noun hal·ter \ˈhl-tər\

: a set of straps placed around a horse's head so that the horse can be led or tied

: a piece of clothing worn on a woman's upper body that is held in place by straps around the neck and back and that leaves the back, arms, and shoulders bare

Full Definition of HALTER

a :  a rope or strap for leading or tying an animal
b :  a headstall usually with noseband and throatlatch to which a lead may be attached
:  a rope for hanging criminals :  noose; also :  death by hanging
:  a woman's blouse or top that leaves the back, arms, and midriff bare and that is typically held in place by straps around the neck and across the back

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Origin of HALTER

Middle English, from Old English hælftre; akin to Old High German halftra halter, Old English hielfe helve
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with HALTER


hal·teredhal·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of HALTER

transitive verb
a :  to catch with or as if with a halter; also :  to put a halter on
b :  hang
:  to put restraint upon :  hamper

First Known Use of HALTER

14th century


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