Definition of half-staff in US English:



  • The position of a flag which is being flown below the top of its staff as a mark of respect for a person who has died.

    ‘flags around the city flew at half-staff’
    • ‘According to the radio station I was listening to, NASA has lowered its flags to half-staff.’
    • ‘All flags at city buildings were lowered to half-staff in his honor.’
    • ‘Police officers lowered the flag outside their headquarters to half-staff.’
    • ‘At the start of the ceremony, the flag was flying at half-staff in the former president's memory.’
    • ‘The governor ordered all flags in Texas to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the victims.’
    • ‘The flag in her memory is now being flown at half-staff over the US Congress.’
    • ‘All eight flags of the countries represented here are flying at half-staff tonight.’
    • ‘On May 5, 1866, the village was decorated with flags at half-staff.’
    • ‘The blue United Nations flag with its white map of the world was lowered to half-staff.’
    • ‘The American flag outside the white clapboard town hall was lowered to half-staff.’