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 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 The idea for Rent the Runway was an aha moment, according to company history, when Hyman's younger sister bought a $2,000 designer dress to wear to a wedding and busted her credit card balance. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Rent the Runway opens Arlington fulfillment center with 500-plus employees by year end," 5 June 2019 That was her first aha moment—and one that taught her to trust her gut. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How Every Celebrity in Hollywood Started Wearing Lilly Lashes," 31 July 2018 Her aha moment: Why not build the birds a tunnel that would shuttle them from the coast all the way back to the nesting site? Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Amazing animal adventures: See the world’s smallest penguins in New Zealand," 25 Apr. 2018 Bunny Eyez were designed by two sisters who had an aha moment while getting their hair colored and realizing their reading glasses weren't well-suited for the experience. Southern Living, "Hoda Kotb Is Obsessed with These Reading Glasses," 19 June 2018 Zuckerberg’s admission was one of those Oprah-style aha moments. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Delete Facebook and save your friends: What Mark Zuckerberg's shocking admissions can teach us about social media," 22 Mar. 2018

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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