halberd

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noun hal·berd \ˈhal-bərd, ˈhȯl-\

Definition of halberd

  1. :  a weapon especially of the 15th and 16th centuries consisting typically of a battle-ax and pike mounted on a handle about six feet long

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A weapon that consists of an ax blade and a sharp spike mounted on the end of a staff, usually about 5–6 ft (1.5–2 m) long, a halberd was an important weapon in middle Europe in the 15th and early 16th centuries. It enabled a foot soldier to contend with an armored man riding on horseback; the spiked head kept the rider at a distance, and the ax blade could strike a heavy cleaving blow. Firearms and the declining use of armor made the halberd obsolete.

Variants of halberd

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halbert

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Origin and Etymology of halberd

Middle English, from Middle French hallebarde, from Middle High German helmbarte, from helm handle + barte ax


First Known Use: 15th century


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