half-length

[ haf-lengkth, -length, -lenth, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ, ˈhɑf- /

noun

something that is only half a full length or height, especially a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands.

adjective

of half the complete length or height.

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Origin of half-length

First recorded in 1690–1700
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British Dictionary definitions for half-length

half-length

adjective

(of a portrait) showing only the body from the waist up and including the hands
of half the entire or original length

noun

a half-length portrait
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