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 haltering (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 Zahara followed in her mother's footsteps, opting for the same designer with a wispy halter-top dress with an ombré that faded from black at the top to a sage-green shade beneath the waist. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Matches with Her Kids on the Maleficent Red Carpet in Rome," 8 Oct. 2019 Carey Mullian more than sparkled at the MET Gala in her glittering gold Prada halterdress. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Recreate Carey Mulligan's MET Gala Look!," 8 May 2012 For her appearance with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Kim Kardashian wore sleek leather pants, black wedged sandals, and the sheerest black halter top. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Sheer Halter Top is a Saucy Piece for the End of Summer," 12 Sep. 2019 The custom 16arlington gown featured a halter top and a sheer feathered skirt with a thigh-high slit. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Ashley Graham Shows Off Her Baby Bump in Sexy Sheer Black Dress," 7 Sep. 2019 Suki Waterhouse was also among the guests, dressed in a white silk halter with low-slung satin trousers. Washington Post, "Stacey Bendet creates a ‘field of dreams’ at NY fashion week," 10 Sep. 2019 Klum wore an elegant halter-neck dress and her hair was in a polished bun. Vogue, "Heidi Klum Shares a Romantic Photo From Her Flower-Filled Yacht Wedding," 5 Aug. 2019 Honorary chair Winell Herron rounded out the complementary trio with a navy halter-neck gown and the evening's top sponsorship, courtesy of H-E-B. Their color scheme caught on like wildfire. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Tina Knowles-Lawson, TV stars steal the show at Ensemble Theatre gala," 19 Aug. 2019 Models walked out in ruched halter dresses, elongated floor-length coats, and classic tweed jackets. Sylvia & Julia Haghjoo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Chanel Haute Couture's Show in Photos," 3 July 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of halter was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of halter

: 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


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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