Definition of halter
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 : 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
Recent Examples of halter from the Web
Bella wore one of her boldest looks to date: a lavender halter bikini top styled with flared tie-dyed pants.
Classicists might prefer Rag & Bone’s gingham halter top with its ’50s feel.
The top-selling suit for Eloquii is a wrap halter, one-piece suit in pink and blue camo print, Arnold said.
Woodstock hippies showed off their tummies in colorful halter tops in the ’60s.
The halter swimsuit made sure her abs were front and center, while the back allowed Lea to channel her inner peach emoji.
Abercrombie & Fitch Lace up halter top, $20.40, and Grommet cheeky bottom, $13.20, Abercrombie & Fitch.
The other day a stunning Shelli Segal halter dress was $40 and a silk blouse from Banana Republic was $24.
Hannah rides Lilac bareback around her town of Invercargill in the southern part of New Zealand, using only a halter and a small stick to point her in the right direction.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of halter
HALTER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of halter for Students
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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