Definition of armistice
: temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce
armistice was our Word of the Day on 11/11/2010. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of armistice in a Sentence
both sides in the conflict agreed to an armistice during the solemn holy days
Recent Examples of armistice from the Web
Mr. Jaber, 27, lives a short walk away, in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, across the old pre-1967 armistice line, now an invisible boundary.
An armistice is defined at a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties, a truce.
All of the factors that prompted the international community to recognize supposedly temporary armistice lines remain, but the post-1967 territory gains have been far more contentious.
Jerusalem was the first step in establishing rule over a disenfranchised population, and the first site of settlement over the Green Line, the armistice line set in 1949.
Although an armistice is being debated, the American spy has information that a rogue German general (Danny Huston) and his chemist cohort (Elena Anaya) harbor a poisonous weapon that could turn the tide of the war.
Though an armistice was signed to halt hostilities, a peace treaty to formally end the war never was.
Roberts died on Nov. 4, 1918, one week before an armistice ending the war was signed.
Though an armistice was signed to halt hostilities, a peace treaty to formally end the war never was. ———
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'armistice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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: 1677See Words from the same year
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up armistice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).