aha moment

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 For Srivastava, the aha moment came when his farmer uncle lost his entire crop for three years owing to climate variability. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 This took me a while to figure out—and the aha moment came after years of pushing myself too hard and dealing with more pain as a result. Kat Elton, Marie Claire, 12 Oct. 2021 The other aha moment was on the Prime Radiant, which is the device that calculates psychohistory for Hari Seldon, sort of like this Magic 8-Ball. Scott Huver, Variety, 24 Sep. 2021 There is no aha moment when everything just clicks. Chris Schembra, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2021 Kathryn has her aha moment, correctly naming a Batman, Christian Bale. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 12 June 2021 But Bavor says there wasn’t really any aha moment that led to Project Starline. Lauren Goode, Wired, 18 May 2021 For Damian Fagon, the aha moment came while shopping for a suit on Madison Ave. Deidre Dyer, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2021 This quirk of old building design went viral months ago in a collective aha moment. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of aha moment

1931, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Aha moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aha%20moment. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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