Webster 1913 Edition
hallebarde; of German origin; cf. MHG.
hellebarte; prob. orig., an ax to split a helmet, fr. G.
bartea broad ax (orig. from the same source as E.
beard; cf. Icel.
barða, a kind of ax,
skeggjaa kind of halberd) +
helmhelmet; but cf. also MHG.
halm, handle, and E.
An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form.
Webster 1828 Edition