armistice

noun ar·mi·stice \ ˈär-mə-stəs \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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

  1. both sides in the conflict agreed to an armistice during the solemn holy days

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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)

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ARMISTICE Defined for English Language Learners

armistice

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Definition of armistice for English Language Learners

  • : an agreement to stop fighting a war


ARMISTICE Defined for Kids

armistice

noun ar·mi·stice \ ˈär-mə-stəs \

Definition of armistice for Students

:a pause in fighting brought about by agreement between the two sides


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