eureka moment

noun

variants or less commonly Eureka moment
: a moment of sudden, triumphant discovery, inspiration, or insight
… he would later tell, over and over, the story of how the idea for the collection came to him—the Eureka moment—improving it with each rendition.Donald Dale Jackson, Smithsonian, October 1988
Then one day, listening to a Communist fulminator in Pioneer Square, he'd had a eureka moment in which he realized that the way to get ahead in his new country was to exploit some labor himself.Jonathan Franzen, Freedom, 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eureka moment was in 1920

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“Eureka moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eureka%20moment. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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