Definition of armistice in English:


Line breaks: ar¦mis|tice
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːmɪstɪs


  • An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce: the Italian government signed an armistice with the Allies
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    • Both sides agreed to an armistice to bury the dead and collect the wounded.
    • In March 1940, he led the delegation that negotiated with Molotov for an armistice and peace settlement.
    • An armistice was signed at Compiègne in November 1918; fighting at once stopped.
    truce, ceasefire, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace; break, respite, lull, moratorium; treaty, peace treaty
    informal let-up


early 18th century: from French, or from modern Latin armistitium, from arma 'arms' (see arm2) + -stitium 'stoppage'.

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