Definition of halter in English:



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

    • ‘For over 15 years he made saddlebags, chaps, halters and such and then decided at the age of 51 to try his hand at saddle making.’
    • ‘A second call for the clowns allowed Chris to strip the horse down to just a halter and a lead rope and mount bareback.’
    • ‘If you don't use trail bridles, bring a halter and lead rope.’
    • ‘Place the chain over the horse's nose and up the opposite of the halter to keep the halter from slipping around as you work.’
    • ‘Ty grabbed MeadowLark's halter and tugged on it.’
    • ‘They start at opposite ends of the line and throw a halter over each animal's head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She would also follow him around without a lead line or halter.’
    • ‘Then, when he puts a halter on the horse, he quickly points out to the crowd that if the horse really takes off, any control would be lost in an instant!’
    • ‘Did they turn the horse out safely or did they remove the halter and slap the horse on the rump?’
    • ‘By pulling on the halter, all your horse can do is run around you in a circle.’
    • ‘If I think a horse is going to run so much that he's going to be hard to catch, I may leave the lead rope hooked to his halter.’
    • ‘Holding on to the halter around the neck of the cow as he tried to settle the riled up animal, was David, with two puffing dogs at his heels.’
    • ‘Gently, she moved Matrix's halter from his head to around his neck so that she would have control even without the bridle on.’
    • ‘The whole world needs to get a look at items such as her hand tooled bronc halters and her embellished denim garments.’
    • ‘Bob calmly grabbed the stallion's halter, led him into the corner of the stall, placed a twitch around his nose and proceeded to treat him.’
    • ‘Three months later, his burros, a bridle and halter, and candy wrappers were found in Davis Gulch, an offshoot of Escalante Canyon.’
    • ‘Much of the program is taught to the human and the horse using a rope halter and rope hackamore.’
    • ‘You can donate towels, blankets, lead ropes, halters, feed, hay, veterinary equipment, vehicles and trailers.’
    harness, head collar, bridle
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    1. 1.1archaic A rope with a noose for hanging a person.
      • ‘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.’
  • 2usually 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’
    • ‘She had gone out and bought a sparkling silver halter dress, with a plunging neckline and low-cut back.’
    • ‘She looked very attractive in red wine dress with halter top.’
    • ‘The coppered colored slinky halter dress had a sequined trim with a ruched waist.’
    • ‘Diane Medak's pink halter dress is perfect for summer evenings and even carries into fall.’
    • ‘Jessica dressed in a red halter top, white fitted capris, and white flip flops.’
    • ‘I would still wear my halter tops to social gatherings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gowns with halter tops, pouf satin or silk skirts or ripped hems are right in keeping with the rock princess look.’
    • ‘Who can deny the beauty of Liya in a silk chiffon halter evening dress?’
    • ‘They slipped on their halter tops (midriffs exposed, of course), some not so sensible shoes and a dab of glitter makeup around the eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zassa was in a short, flouncy halter dress in blinding white that she'd bought.’
    • ‘Shelli Segal has created a backless, pink polka-dot dress with a halter top for her Laundry collection that just begs an invitation to the captain's table.’
    • ‘Most of the selection I saw was of the backless sort which tied like a halter top around the neck.’
    • ‘She must create quite a stir at the office - not only is she physically very attractive, but she was wearing a very short miniskirt and a halter top that exposed her midsection.’
    • ‘Karina Savarese took deconstruction to new heights as far as Pasarela Gaudí was concerned, though her halter wedding dress was less extreme.’
    • ‘The teenager wore a knee length, blood red, halter dress with a low and dipping neck line.’
    • ‘The subtly striped halter dress is by Nina Ricci and the crocheted one is by Forever 21.’
    • ‘She was wearing a short, thin halter dress that exposed her delicate shoulders and the vaguely tanned skin of her back.’
    • ‘A jacket or cape moved from its original use and buttoned on the hips becomes a skirt, a scarf become a belt, a sarong a halter top.’


[with object]
  • 1Put a halter on (an animal)

    ‘the horse stops running and agrees to being haltered’
    • ‘He was haltered by his current trainer, Leah Gyarmati, for $35,000 at Aqueduct in his last start in 1999, and is 2-2 - 0 in five starts this year with earnings of $89,720.’
    • ‘The mare should be haltered and facing the foal during this process.’
    • ‘Trainer Bob Hess Jr. haltered the five-year-old Knight Skiing gelding for himself and a partner for $32,000 in Wednesday's fourth race, a 1 1/16-mile event.’
    • ‘Holding back her slight fear, she went to his left side and slowly haltered him.’
    • ‘Briefly, foals were quietly caught, haltered, and held still while being handled for 10 min.’
    • ‘Deran sighed and started tacking up two horses, leaving another one haltered for use as a pack animal.’
    • ‘Aguirre haltered Asong for Billy for owner Wongs Stable after a fourth-place finish in his second career start at the Inglewood, California, track on July 4.’
    • ‘In silence and in darkness they loaded the carriage and haltered the horses.’
    • ‘When they are all haltered, they pass along, tying one to the other until the whole line is thus fastened.’
    • ‘Rebecca cast Ansley a hurt look, but Ansley was haltering Matrix and didn't catch it.’
    • ‘She haltered the strangely docile stallion and tied him up in the tie racks, next to an extremely irritable paint gelding being groomed.’
    • ‘When a new heifer comes in to milk, we halter and tie her tight to one of the large, heavy U-bolts cemented against the wall in our tie stall barn.’
    1. 1.1archaic Hang (someone)
      ‘the Chicago bomb-throwers who were haltered for practising their principles’
      • ‘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.