Definition of halyard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaljəd/


A rope used for raising and lowering a sail, yard, or flag on a sailing ship.
Example sentences
  • All stays, halyards and standing rigging are adjustable with tiny turubuckles, and four AA batteries power the servos and eight batteries run the hand control unit.
  • All halyards and sail controls are led aft to the cockpit concealed under fiberglass panels so that there is nothing to foul or trip over.
  • On those boats that have internal halyards, all halyards (except, again, the main) should be disconnected from the deck and hauled through until the shackles are two-blocked at the masthead.


Late Middle English halier, from hale2 + -ier. The change in the ending in the 18th century was due to association with yard1.

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