ar·​mi·​stice | \ ˈär-mə-stəs How to pronounce armistice (audio) \

Definition of armistice

: temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce

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Synonyms for armistice


cease-fire, truce

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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.

Examples of armistice in a Sentence

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

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In 1953 the two countries signed an armistice but not a peace treaty. James Griffiths, CNN, "Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military," 10 July 2019 When Germany agreed to an armistice on November 11, 1918, marking an end to World War I, all of Europe and its entangled colonies breathed a sigh of relief. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Europe Reacts to the Treaty of Versailles, in Photos," 27 June 2019 Fighting ceased in 1953, but the warring parties only signed an armistice — a truce — which means the war technically continues to this day. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump promised Kim Jong Un he’d sign an agreement to end the Korean War," 29 Aug. 2018 According to the History Channel, millions of people in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand wear the red flowers on Nov. 11 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 armistice. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 The talks could also lead to a formal end of the Korean War, which remains unfinished after a 1953 armistice. David Tweed,, "Trump, Kim Voice Optimism Over Path to Peace as Summit Opens," 12 June 2018 The building straddles West Jerusalem and what is called No Man’s Land, a contested area that lies in between the 1949 armistice lines. Rory Jones, WSJ, "5 Things to Know About the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem," 14 May 2018 The Arnona neighborhood was on the front line during the 1948 Israeli-Arab war, and the building straddles the armistice lines drawn the following year between Israel and Jordan, with the property jutting into what was once no-man’s land. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "New U.S. embassy in Jerusalem: A stone plaque and $400,000 in renovations, for now," 8 May 2018 One of the big hurdles to talks is the fact that North Korea and the United States are technically at war — the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Eric Talmadge, The Seattle Times, "Swedes keep room ready for US diplomats in Pyongyang," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of armistice

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for armistice

French or New Latin; French, from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma + -stitium (as in solstitium solstice)

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English Language Learners Definition of armistice

: an agreement to stop fighting a war


ar·​mi·​stice | \ ˈär-mə-stəs How to pronounce armistice (audio) \

Kids Definition of armistice

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

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