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half·​time ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce halftime (audio)
: an intermission between halves of a game or contest (as in football or basketball)


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ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce half-time (audio)
: involving or working half the standard hours
half-time adverb

Examples of halftime in a Sentence

Noun The score was tied at halftime. The coaches discussed strategy during halftime.
Recent Examples on the Web
The score was tied 21-21 at the end of Wednesday night’s first period, with the Lakers up 40-36 at halftime and the Heat up 59-58 going into the fourth quarter. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 July 2024 After limiting further damage before halftime, Canada saw its deficit double in the 51st minute. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 10 July 2024
Arnautović should have doubled Austria’s lead 10 minutes before half-time when Sabitzer’s cross fortuitously ended up at his feet, but the Inter Milan forward failed to even make contact with the ball. Matias Grez, CNN, 26 June 2024 San Jose’s ninth annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival will feature live music, a half-time show, food trucks, a fun zone and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks finale. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for halftime 

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Word History

First Known Use


1865, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halftime was in 1861

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“Halftime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halftime. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


half·​time ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce halftime (audio)
: an intermission marking the completion of half of a game (as in football)
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