Definition of hiatus in English:

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Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈeɪtəs/

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.
pause, break, interval, interruption, suspension, intermission, interlude, gap, lacuna, lull, rest, respite, breathing space, time out;
North American  recess
informal breather, let-up
archaic surcease
1.1 Prosody & Grammar A break between two vowels coming together but not in the same syllable, as in the ear and cooperate.
opening, aperture, cavity, hole, gap, cleft, breach, fissure;
Medicine  foramen





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

Words that rhyme with hiatus

apparatus, Donatus, status

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Line breaks: hia¦tus

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