Definition of halter in English:


Line breaks: hal¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːltə


  • 1A strap or rope placed around the head of a horse or other animal, used for leading or tethering it.
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    • Much of the program is taught to the human and the horse using a rope halter and rope hackamore.
    • It also includes used animal trappings such as harnesses, saddles, halters, reins, rope and chain.
    • The soldiers ride bays or chestnuts and use United States Army regulation saddles, saddlecloths, halters, bridles, and curb bits.
    harness, head collar, bridle; North American headstall
    technical chase-halter
  • 1.1 archaic A rope with a noose for hanging a person.
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    • For which other worse tricks he had not (Archer would not have) escaped the halter (noose), but that (had not) Captain Newport interposed his advice to the contrary – that is that the council should not hang Mr. Archer.
    • And there, made ready for death, with the halter round her neck, she stood upon the fatal ladder in calm serenity, expecting to die.
  • 2 [usually as modifier] A strap around the neck that holds a dress or top in place, leaving the shoulders and back bare: tourists in halter tops and shorts
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    • His current winter collection features slouch pants, lustrous shirt dresses, halter tops and knee-length dirndl skirts in a predominantly black, white and camel palette.
    • Gowns with halter tops, pouf satin or silk skirts or ripped hems are right in keeping with the rock princess look.
    • The girls looked like they were freezing in their halter tops and reckless skirts but were probably blindly sensibly insulated from it all by means of a dozen Bacardi Breezers.


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  • 1Put a halter on (an animal): the horse stops running and agrees to being haltered
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    • In silence and in darkness they loaded the carriage and haltered the horses.
    • She haltered the strangely docile stallion and tied him up in the tie racks, next to an extremely irritable paint gelding being groomed.
    • Rebecca cast Ansley a hurt look, but Ansley was haltering Matrix and didn't catch it.
  • 1.1 archaic Hang (someone): the Chicago bomb-throwers who were haltered for practising their principles
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    • The man was speedily placed on the cathead and haltered.
    • They were suffered to have rope enough till they had haltered themselves.


Old English hælftre, of Germanic origin, meaning 'something to hold things by'; related to German Halfter, also to helve.

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