• WordNet 3.6
    • n halberdier a guard who carries a halberd (as a symbol of his duty)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halberdier hŏ`bẽrd*ēr" One who is armed with a halberd.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halberdier A soldier armed with a halberd. During the later middle ages the halberd was especially the arm of the foot-soldiers. Compare guisarme.
    • n halberdier A soldier of the body-guard of a sovereign or a high official, or a member of certain civic guards attending magistrates and keeping order in towns. The halberd was commonly borne by such attendants rather as an official badge than for actual service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Halberdier one armed with a halberd
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hallebardier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. halebard—Mid. High Ger. helmbarde (Ger. hellebarde)—halm, handle, or helm, helmet; Old High Ger. barta (Ger. barte), an axe.


In literature:

A halberdier bade the Lord of Misrule come to my Lord Mayor.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Neither more nor less than a poor sergeant of halberdiers.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
By this time other halberdiers and pages had come up.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
About four o'clock the earl returned himself, attended by fifty horse and as many halberdiers.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
Loose him, halberdiers, on your allegiance!
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
When they arrived at the Miskolcz gate, the superrector Zwirina and his halberdiers barred the way.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
These were the Baltajis, or "halberdiers," who were four hundred in number.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
With her went a large guard of halberdiers and the Duke of Norfolk.
"The Wives of Henry the Eighth and the Parts They Played in History" by Martin Hume
A train of halberdiers, wearing gay plumes on their helmets, marched in from a side apartment.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Halberdiers stood at the door, in mourning.
"Majesty" by Louis Couperus
A score of halberdiers burst into the hall.
"Idonia: A Romance of Old London" by Arthur F. Wallis
A company of halberdiers approaches under the guidance of an angel.
"What was the Gunpowder Plot?" by John Gerard
The sheriff arrived with a troop of halberdiers.
"The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni
I told him he'd only joined the Halberdiers because he thought the touch of black suited him.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
A jailer accompanied by Halberdiers conducts them.
"The Dramas of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
The detachment of halberdiers preceded him, with banners flying and drums beating.
"Every Girl's Library, Volume 8 of 10" by Various
The two halberdiers were a short distance in the rear, and, joining the principal group, all continued to move forward on the beach.
"The Knight of Malta" by Eugene Sue
The Provost, Archibald Dowglas, came with some Halberdiers, and carried the Priest safe againe to the Tolbuith.
"The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)" by John Knox
Sixty halberdiers clothed in silk of azure and gold were his bodyguard: forty noble youths of the Calza were his attendants.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey
The sergeant of the halberdiers was in a quandary.
"A Ladder of Swords" by Gilbert Parker

In poetry:

A halberdier so fierce in fight,
Made charge with all his gathered might,
When from the foe rebounding back
He tumbled over tailor Jack.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford