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halter

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noun hal·ter \ˈhȯl-tər\

Definition of halter

  1. 1a :  a rope or strap for leading or tying an animalb :  a headstall usually with noseband and throatlatch to which a lead may be attached

  2. 2 :  a rope for hanging criminals :  noose; also :  death by hanging

  3. 3 :  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 and Etymology 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


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halter

verb hal·ter

Definition of halter

haltered

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haltering

play \ˈhȯl-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to catch with or as if with a halter; also :  to put a halter onb :  hang

  3. 2 :  to put restraint upon :  hamper

14th Century

First Known Use of halter

14th century


HALTER Defined for English Language Learners

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halter

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noun hal·ter \ˈhȯl-tər\

Definition of halter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HALTER Defined for Kids

halter

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noun hal·ter \ˈhȯl-tər\

Definition of halter for Students

  1. 1 :  a set of straps placed around an animal's head so the animal can be led or tied

  2. 2 :  an article of clothing worn on a woman's upper body and held in place by straps around the neck and back



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