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Line breaks: hia¦tus
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈeɪtəs

Definition of hiatus in English:

noun (plural hiatuses)

[usually in singular]
1A pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity: 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.


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




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