Definition of half hour in English:

half hour

noun

  • 1A period of thirty minutes.

    ‘buses run every half hour’
    • ‘The best part of the day was the last hour before closing and the half an hour or so afterwards.’
    • ‘We whiled away a pleasant half-hour before Marvin signalled that it was medication time back at the Day Centre.’
    • ‘She had said it, and it had only been a precious few minutes, a half-hour at best.’
    • ‘While the last half-hour is as suspenseful as you could hope, it takes an awful lot of contrivances to get there.’
    • ‘In the past three months I have waited half an hour to get on a bus on many occasions.’
    • ‘The entire sequence takes a good half-hour of screen time, by the end of which you are entirely confused.’
    • ‘They left the stage half an hour later, having done a good job and knowing how to do better next time.’
    • ‘I spent the next half-hour washing myself with a hard nugget of soap and a trickle of cold water.’
    • ‘He knew that the only thing he had done in the past half-hour was to apply a chemical to the stain on the small table.’
    • ‘There are some funny moments in the first half-hour of this spoof on the Hollywood practice of rewriting British history.’
    • ‘The artwork had been fun for about a half-hour, now the displays of jade had become her prison.’
    • ‘The stamps are free and available to anyone willing to wait from a few minutes to a half-hour.’
    • ‘He closed the planner that he was staring at for the past half an hour and looked at the clock in the office.’
    • ‘Another half-hour of runtime would have done Luhrmann a world of good.’
    • ‘Lek, the young Thai woman we met in the first half-hour, could have used such counsel.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, having more than survived the following half-hour, next day you want to do it again.’
    • ‘They had just been walking around for the past half-hour looking for a way out.’
    • ‘For the past half an hour, both sister and boyfriend have been torturing me with this.’
    • ‘He had been lying in the hay pile for a good half-hour before he got up again.’
    • ‘Another half-hour, and he'd be enjoying a little bit of beef jerky with his friends.’
    1. 1.1 A point in time thirty minutes after any full hour of the clock.
      ‘the library clock struck the half hour’
      • ‘A minute before the half-hour Derek Fleming's cross was met by Andrews on the touchline.’
      • ‘Owusu netted the first goal of his second stint at Griffin Park after Paul Brooker sent over an inviting cross on the half-hour.’
      • ‘They went ahead through a fantastic 20-yard strike from Colin Hunter on the half-hour.’
      • ‘John Toft cut the arrears on the half-hour and two minutes later Stephen Hutt levelled the game.’
      • ‘But when he did manage to slip his patrol, near the half-hour, he set up a chance for strike partner Juan Sara.’

Pronunciation

half hour