half·​time | \ ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce halftime (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halftime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intermission between halves of a game or contest (as in football or basketball)


\ ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce half-time (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-time (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or working half the standard hours

Other Words from halftime


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: Noun The Lions almost had a chance to score just before halftime when referee Rosendo Mendoza called a penalty for an apparent handball inside the box on Zeca. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 18 June 2022 The agent offered us a credit, and the service was back online before halftime. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Michigan sandwiched a field goal and touchdown around a Philadelphia punt just before halftime to close the gap to 21-18. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2022 Each time the Eagles scored in the second quarter, the Tar Heels had an answer until Weeks lasered in a shot from the high slot to cut the deficit to 7-5 with 19.5 seconds left before halftime. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 29 May 2022 Sophomore Emmery Clark led the charge early with three goals before halftime. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 There were several rounds of boos when Boston fell behind by as many as 26 points before halftime. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2022 Just before halftime, Putellas put Barcelona on the board to rekindle some hope. Daniella Matar, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 2022 The Timbers took an early lead on a goal by Cristhian Paredes but gave the lead away before halftime. Scott Sepich For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of halftime


1871, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Halftime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halftime. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for halftime


half·​time | \ ˈhaf-ˌtīm How to pronounce halftime (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Kids Definition of halftime

: a period of rest between the halves of a game (as basketball)


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