Definition of hiatus in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīˈādəs/

noun (plural hiatuses)

[usually in singular]
1A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process: there was a brief hiatus in the war with France
More example sentences
  • The bombing raids were resumed after a brief hiatus on Friday.
  • Apologies for the brief hiatus in commentary, as I watch Wayne Rooney score England's third.
  • After a brief hiatus he put a new band together and came out of the recording studio with this collection of songs.
1.1 Prosody & Grammar A break between two vowels coming together but not in the same syllable, as in the ear and cooperate.



Pronunciation: /-ˈātəl/


Mid 16th century (originally denoting a physical gap or opening): from Latin, literally 'gaping', from hiare 'gape'.

Words that rhyme with hiatus

apparatus, Donatus, status

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Syllabification: hi·a·tus

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