Definition of halyard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

halyard

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhæljəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæljərd//
 
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a rope used for raising or taking down a sail or flag Word Origin late Middle English halier, from hale ‘draw with force’ + -ier. The change in the ending in the 18th cent. was due to association with yard.
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