halter

noun
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

halter

verb
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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Noun

halter 1b

In the meaning defined above

Examples of halter in a Sentence

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Jake wasn't bummed out for long, though — Inside Edition set him up with fellow Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, who wore a pretty, sea foam halter gown for the occasion. 5. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Epic Celebrity Promposals You Need to See Now," 11 Apr. 2019 Onlookers first got a glimpse of the rock on the red carpet where the The Weight of These Wings singer wore a neon green sequined halter dress with dangling gemstone earrings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Flaunted Her New Wedding Ring at the ACMs and We're Obsessed," 9 Apr. 2019 For the occasion, Priyanka stunned in a sparkling black halter gown by Elie Saab. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attend the Oscars Party Where They First Met," 25 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images Aside from the butt cheek and thigh muscles going on here, Kendall’s statement black dress featured a plunging, halter neck cut-out up front, an amazing cut-out back, and ombre shaded detail at the waist. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Oscars After Party Dress Was Nearly-Naked From the Waist Down," 25 Feb. 2019 So, why isn't Meghan giving up her white halter gown? Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress Won't Be On Display for the Public," 30 Aug. 2018 Meghan's sequined black halter, leather skirt, blue and white sundress, and even her wedding veil were all reminiscent of the late royal's style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled One of Princess Diana's Most Famous Outfits," 15 Jan. 2019 And fellow catwalker Adesuwa Aighewi, strolling hand in hand with a friend, still bore a few shining traces of the metallic graffiti makeup that punctuated the designer’s graphic runway halter. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at London Fashion Week," 18 Sep. 2018 This yellow dress comes on the heels of Stella McCartney releasing a line of wedding dresses, including the white halter-neck gown Meghan wore to her wedding reception at Frogmore House. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Amal Clooney's Yellow Stella McCartney Dress From the Royal Wedding Is Finally Available," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of halter

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for halter

Noun

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

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

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halter

noun

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

halter

noun
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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