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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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 The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, leaving the North at war with the U.S. and South Korea. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "South Korea Says Pyongyang Willing to Open Up Nuclear-Weapons Test Site," 20 Sep. 2018 The peninsula remains in a technical state of war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Washington Post, "Koreas agree to improve North Korea’s railways," 26 June 2018 The war lasted from 1950 to 1953 and ended in an armistice rather than a permanent peace treaty. Eli Meixler, Time, "President Trump Says North Korea Has Returned the Remains of 200 U.S. Soldiers," 20 June 2018 The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war, because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Kim Tong-hyung,, "Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border," 13 June 2018 An armistice, rather than a treaty, ended the 1950-1953 conflict and was signed by China, North Korea and the United Nations, which was led by the U.S. at the time. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "South Korea Tamps Down Hopes for Peace Declaration at North Korea Summit," 4 June 2018 Trump has openly floated the possibility of striking a peace deal formally ending the Korean War 65 years after an armistice ceased military hostilities. Andy Sharp,, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 Around 32,000 North Koreans have resettled in the South since an armistice halted the 1950-53 Korean War. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Hackers Steal Personal Information of North Korean Defectors in South Korea," 28 Dec. 2018

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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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