Definition of halter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːltə/


1A strap or rope placed around the head of a horse or other animal, used for leading or tethering it.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


[with object]
1Put a halter on (an animal): the horse stops running and agrees to being haltered
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with halter

altar, alter, assaulter, defaulter, falter, Gibraltar, Malta, palter, psalter, salter, vaulter, Walter

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