Meaning of “half hour” in the English Dictionary

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"half hour" in British English

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half hournoun [ C ]

uk /ˌhɑːf ˈaʊər/ us /ˌhæf ˈaʊr/ also half an hour

a period of 30 minutes:

The dollar surged against the yen in the final half hour of trading.
Half an hour later, she was smiling and chatting as if nothing had happened.
She is to host a new half-hour show that will be broadcast every weekday evening.
Trains for Washington depart on the/every half hour (= at 10.30, 11.30, etc.).

More examples

  • Once Mrs Kirkpatrick starts talking to you, you're stuck with her for a good half hour.
  • The train doesn't leave for another half hour yet.
  • Then we had to sit through another half hour of tedious questions.
  • The first half hour of the day is usually spent on correspondence, emails and paperwork.
  • I've spent the last half hour trying to get the baby off to sleep.

(Definition of “half hour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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