hal·​ter | \ ˈhȯl-tər How to pronounce halter (audio) \

Definition of halter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : a rope for hanging criminals : noose also : death by hanging
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


haltered; haltering\ ˈhȯl-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce halter (audio) \

Definition of halter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to catch with or as if with a halter also : to put a halter on
b : hang
2 : to put restraint upon : hamper

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halter 1b

In the meaning defined above

Examples of halter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Artists like Saweetie have recreated Mariah Carey’s beaded butterfly halter top and Blu Marine also focused on butterflies for their SS 2022 collection. Brooklyn White, Essence, 2 May 2022 For the ceremony, which also marked Barbados' first presidential inauguration as a republican nation, the Fenty mogul wore an orange silk halter-top gown by Bottega Veneta. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Apr. 2022 Back at the racks, Malorie locates a short silver dress, a halter top, with blue undertones. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 Or the signature Mariposa top, which can be worn as a single-sleeve top, a wraparound skirt, a halter top, and everything in between. Eunica Escalante, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Kate wore a sparkly green halter top and yellow shorts with pink leggings at the '80s-themed event. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The next day, while house hunting in Beverly Hills with Affleck, Lopez stepped out in a flowing red maxi dress with a halter neckline. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 Laney was stunning in a pink floral gown with a halter neckline and matching pink clutch. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 5 Apr. 2022 On Sunday afternoon, Emma Watson arrived at the BAFTA 2022 Film Awards wearing a halter dress with a plunging neckline. ELLE, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of halter


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for halter


Middle English, from Old English hælftre; akin to Old High German halftra halter, Old English hielfe helve

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“Halter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halter. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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hal·​ter | \ ˈhȯl-tər How to pronounce halter (audio) \

Kids Definition of halter

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