noun hi·a·tus \hī-ˈā-təs\

: a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped

Full Definition of HIATUS

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
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

  1. The band is making an album again after a five-year hiatus.
  2. <steam was rising from an hiatus in the ground>

Origin of HIATUS

Latin, from hiare to yawn — more at yawn
First Known Use: 1563

Rhymes with HIATUS

Medical Dictionary


noun hi·a·tus \hī-ˈāt-əs\

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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