half-hour

[ haf-ouuh r, -ou-er, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər, ˈhɑf- /
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noun

a period of 30 minutes.
the midpoint between the hours: The clock struck on the half-hour.

adjective

of, relating to, or consisting of a half-hour: half-hour programs.

Nearby words

  1. half-hardy,
  2. half-hearted,
  3. half-hitch,
  4. half-holiday,
  5. half-hoping,
  6. half-human,
  7. half-hunter,
  8. half-inch,
  9. half-integral,
  10. half-jack

Origin of half-hour

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

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British Dictionary definitions for half-hour

half-hour

noun

  1. a period of 30 minutes
  2. (as modifier)a half-hour stint on the treadmill
  1. the point of time 30 minutes after the beginning of an hour
  2. (as modifier)a half-hour chime
Derived Formshalf-hourly, adverb, adjective

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Word Origin and History for half-hour

half-hour

early 15c., from half + hour. Related: Half-hourly.

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