aha moment

noun
variants: or less commonly Aha moment

Definition of aha moment

: a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension The aha moment you experience when you've been trying to remember the name of a song and three hours later it hits you …— Jeffrey Kluger

Note: Aha is sometimes followed by an exclamation point and is also often placed in quotation marks.

That was the "Aha!" moment … that made the befuddlement worthwhile.— Robin Marantz Henig Her "aha" moment came about two years ago …— Emily Weinstein

Examples of aha moment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea for private dining was a kind of aha moment between Thomas Lents, the hotel's executive chef, and Michael Carroll, its director of rooms. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how a Detroit hotel worked around the state's indoor dining ban," 14 Dec. 2020 Jimmy Fallon can recall the exact aha moment that gave way to his latest fashion venture. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Jimmy Fallon’s ‘P'Jimmies’ for Alex Mill Were Designed With Love and Laughter," 19 Nov. 2020 This was an aha moment for Edwards, whose strength, size and athleticism have drawn comparisons to Dwyane Wade and Donovan Mitchell. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How a Warriors workout changed Anthony Edwards’ mindset," 11 Nov. 2020 To hear that in a lullaby, to hear it in anger or rapture, is an aha moment. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Can music bring us unity? How Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Ayre’ is what we need now," 4 Nov. 2020 But a little while later came my aha moment, and there was no turning back. Jill Fox, sun-sentinel.com, "New COVID-19 challenge: Keeping mahjong safe | Opinion," 3 Sep. 2020 Van Kooten's aha moment is one being shared by web designers around the planet. Clive Thompson, Wired, "How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change," 23 June 2020 The less experience someone has, the better the aha moment. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Giving the better gear (or the better burrito) to someone else can make your own experience better," 16 May 2020 For Solomon, the aha moment came when several of her live gigs, such as weddings and corporate events, were canceled or postponed. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Self-quarantined over coronavirus, digital parties are filling the socially distant void," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aha moment

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Aha moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aha%20moment. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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