One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Early 16th century: from French hallebardier, from hallebarde (see halberd).
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