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 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 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, 14 Dec. 2020 Jimmy Fallon can recall the exact aha moment that gave way to his latest fashion venture. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 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, 11 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aha moment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 30 Jul. 2021.

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