aha moment


variants or less commonly 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Because the 'aha moment' is the safe. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2023 Such an insight was an aha moment. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2023 That was the aha moment. John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 That was an aha moment. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 29 July 2021 That was the first aha moment. Blake Newby, Essence, 13 Apr. 2021 And that was really an aha moment for me. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 27 July 2022 So in all of that, that was my aha moment. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aha moment was in 1931

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“Aha moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aha%20moment. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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