Definition of halberdier in US English:

halberdier

noun

historical
  • A man armed with a halberd.

    • ‘Sorin glanced back at the halberdier, and noticed the man was already on his way to flee the scene.’
    • ‘The defending halberdiers rushed forth to meet the cavalry, and simultaneously stopped short to plant stakes.’
    • ‘In the brief quiet before the fighting began I spoke with one of the elderly halberdiers who was telling me that this was only the scouting force and that worse was to come!’
    • ‘Under a classical arch a solitary halberdier bears witness to the historic detente between north and south.’
    • ‘The soldiers all have different traits based on their roles, from simple foot soldiers to noble cavalrymen, and taking in lancers, halberdiers, archers, crossbowmen, officers and lords.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from French hallebardier, from hallebarde (see halberd).

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