ˌhaf-ᵊn-ˈhaf How to pronounce half-and-half (audio)
: something that is approximately half one thing and half another: such as
: a mixture of two malt beverages (such as dark and light beer)
: a mixture of cream and whole milk
half-and-half adjective or adverb

Examples of half-and-half in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sharon Stone has seemingly decided to do both: debuting a new half-and-half situation at the Tom Ford fall 2024 show on the second night of Milan Fashion Week. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2024 This cheesy bake tops grits with creamy half-and-half and bacon custard. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024 Russet potatoes give the dish body, while half-and-half adds richness. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 Which is all well and good—except that my fridge rarely has heavy cream, half-and-half, or whole milk. Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 24 Jan. 2024 Go one way or the other, or maybe do a half-and-half situation. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 Start by sprinkling the sugar over your snow in the bowl, then add vanilla and half-and-half. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Jan. 2024 Add potatoes: Stir in potatoes, half-and-half, and next 3 ingredients; cook over low heat until thoroughly heated. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 Jan. 2024 Stir together cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, corn, half-and-half, scallions, garlic, and jalapeño in a 3-quart slow cooker. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-and-half was in 1756

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“Half-and-half.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-and-half. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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