ˈhaf-ˈstaf How to pronounce half-staff (audio)

Examples of half-staff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, April 2, flags at all state buildings in Arizona would be lowered to half-staff to honor Tucson police Officer Adam Buckner. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 As Russia mourns, Putin blames Ukraine Russia lowered flags to half-staff on Sunday for a day of mourning after more than 130 people were killed Friday at a concert outside Moscow. Jana Kasperkevic, NBC News, 24 Mar. 2024 Members of the clergy also paid their respects and initiated prayers which crowds joined in with flags were lowered to half-staff. Sophie Tanno, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 The weekend that was • Flags are flying at half-staff as Russia observes a day of national mourning for the 133 people who died in the assault on a concert hall near Moscow. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 This week, after a video showing the Union flag at half-staff at Buckingham Palace began circulating, social media users interpreted the footage as a sign that either the princess or King Charles III, who has cancer, had died. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 In September, after Buffett’s death at 76 from a rare form of skin cancer, DeSantis ordered flags be flown at half-staff in Key West and Tallahassee. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 The flag on the Peace Tower at Parliament in Ottawa was flown at half-staff in Mulroney's honor, as lawmakers suspended Parliament for the day Friday and agreed to offer tributes to him on March 18. Rob Gillies The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 3 Mar. 2024 Flags at state buildings will be lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor and recognition of U.S. Marine Sgt. The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-staff was in 1800

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“Half-staff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-staff. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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