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halter

noun hal·ter \ ˈhȯl-tər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of halter

1 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
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

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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


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halter

verb

Definition of halter

haltered; haltering play \ˈhȯl-t(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to catch with or as if with a halter; also :to put a halter on
b :hang
2 :to put restraint upon :hamper

First Known Use of halter

14th century


HALTER Defined for English Language Learners

halter

noun

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

noun hal·ter \ ˈhȯl-tər \

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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