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



    BrE BrE//ˈhɔːltə(r)//
    , also BrE//ˈhɒltə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːltər//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1a rope or narrow piece of leather put around the head of a horse for leading it with See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2 (usually used as an adjective) a narrow piece of cloth around the neck that holds a woman’s dress or shirt in position, with the back and shoulders not covered She was dressed in a halter top and shorts.
  3. Word OriginOld English hælftre, of Germanic origin, meaning ‘something to hold things by’; related to German Halfter.
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