Meaning of “half-mast” in the English Dictionary

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"half-mast" in British English

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half-mastnoun

uk /ˌhɑːfˈmɑːst/ us /ˌhæfˈmæst/ US also half-staff
at half-mast

A flag that is at half mast has been brought down to a point halfway down the pole as an expression of sadness at someone's death:

The flags at Buckingham Palace were all flying at half-mast.

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

"half-mast" in American English

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half-mastnoun [ U ]

/ˈhæfˈmæst/

the position half the way down a pole to which a flag is moved to show respect for someone who has died:

The flags were at half-mast all week.

(Definition of “half-mast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)