Definition of half hour in English:

half hour


  • 1A period of thirty minutes.

    ‘a slide show presented every half hour’
    • ‘Another half-hour of runtime would have done Luhrmann a world of good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lek, the young Thai woman we met in the first half-hour, could have used such counsel.’
    • ‘Another half-hour, and he'd be enjoying a little bit of beef jerky with his friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are some funny moments in the first half-hour of this spoof on the Hollywood practice of rewriting British history.’
    • ‘For the past half an hour, both sister and boyfriend have been torturing me with this.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, having more than survived the following half-hour, next day you want to do it again.’
    • ‘She had said it, and it had only been a precious few minutes, a half-hour at best.’
    • ‘He closed the planner that he was staring at for the past half an hour and looked at the clock in the office.’
    • ‘They left the stage half an hour later, having done a good job and knowing how to do better next time.’
    • ‘The stamps are free and available to anyone willing to wait from a few minutes to a half-hour.’
    • ‘The best part of the day was the last hour before closing and the half an hour or so afterwards.’
    • ‘He had been lying in the hay pile for a good half-hour before he got up again.’
    • ‘They had just been walking around for the past half-hour looking for a way out.’
    • ‘The artwork had been fun for about a half-hour, now the displays of jade had become her prison.’
    • ‘We whiled away a pleasant half-hour before Marvin signalled that it was medication time back at the Day Centre.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


half hour

/ˌhaf ˈou(ə)r/