Simple Definition of hiatus
: a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped
Full Definition of hiatus
1 a : a break in or as if in a material object : gap <the hiatus between the theory and the practice of the party — J. G. Colton> b : a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2 a : an interruption in time or continuity : break; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted <after a 5-year hiatus from writing> b : the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound
Examples of hiatus
The band is making an album again after a five-year hiatus.
<steam was rising from an hiatus in the ground>
Origin of hiatus
Latin, from hiare to yawn — more at yawn
First Known Use: 1563
Medical Definition of hiatus
: a gap or passage through an anatomical part or organ; especially : a gap through which another part or organ passes
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