Definition of armistice
: temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce
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Examples of armistice in a sentence
both sides in the conflict agreed to an armistice during the solemn holy days
Did You Know?
Armistice descends from Latin sistere, meaning "to come to a stand" or "to cause to stand or stop," combined with arma, meaning "weapons." An armistice, therefore, is literally a cessation of arms. Armistice Day is the name that was given to the holiday celebrated in the United States on November 11 before it was renamed Veterans Day by Congress in 1954. The original name refers to the agreement between the Allied Powers and Germany to end hostilities that constituted the first World War, designated to take effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Other armistices, involving Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Austria-Hungary, were effected on other dates before and after November 11.
Origin and Etymology of armistice
French or New Latin; French, from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma + -stitium (as in solstitium solstice)
First Known Use: 1677
ARMISTICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of armistice for English Language Learners
: an agreement to stop fighting a war
ARMISTICE Defined for Kids
Definition of armistice for Students
: a pause in fighting brought about by agreement between the two sides
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