half hour


Definition of half hour

1 : thirty minutes
2 : the middle point of an hour

Other Words from half hour

half-hourly \ ˈhaf-​ˈau̇(-​ə)r-​lē How to pronounce half hour (audio) , ˈhäf-​ \ adverb or adjective

Examples of half hour in a Sentence

Trains depart every half hour. I waited a half hour in line.
Recent Examples on the Web Cruisin’ Tikis offers three tours out of Tavares, including the one-and-a-half hour sunset cruise that costs $59.95 per person or $324 for a private group, before taxes and online booking fees. Austin Fuller, Orlando Sentinel, 3 May 2022 The five-and-a-half hour operation was not worth the time – or the price tag, Osbourne, 69, went on to say. Julia Moore, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 The lake is in Northern California and is a three and a half hour drive from San Francisco. Megan Marples, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 But getting to Sepulveda Boulevard can add up to a half hour for trucks going back and forth to the port. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Dickson and other aviation officials were grilled on the 5G debacle during a four-and-a-half hour long Congressional hearing earlier this month. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 17 Feb. 2022 Each session included an hour of lifting weightlifting and half hour of cardio throughout 2020. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 The topic of the Olympics and Biden's attendance did not come up during his three-and-a-half hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday night. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 The new agreement keeps the status quo penalties for the first two hours, but then doubles the penalty after eight hours, from $12.50 per half hour to $25. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of half hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Half hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20hour. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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