half-mast

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noun

ˈhaf-ˈmast How to pronounce half-mast (audio)
ˈhäf-
: a point some distance but not necessarily halfway down below the top of a mast or staff or the peak of a gaff

half-mast

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verb

half-masted; half-masting; half-masts

transitive verb

: to cause to hang at half-mast
half-mast a flag

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-mast was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Half-mast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-mast. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

half-mast

noun
ˈhaf-ˈmast,
ˈhȧf-
: a point about halfway down below the top of a mast or staff
flags hanging at half-mast
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