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

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half-time adverb

Examples of halftime in a Sentence


The score was tied at halftime. The coaches discussed strategy during halftime.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trailing 18-15 at halftime, the Knicks turned things around on hustle plays from Exdol Davy that resulted in second-chance baskets. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tamarac youth basketball crowns junior, senior division champs," 24 June 2018 The Irish used their 40th run of 10 or more points this season in the second quarter to make the game a runaway at halftime. John Fineran, The Seattle Times, "Ogunbowale and Young show way as Irish rout MSU, 91-63," 25 Mar. 2019 The 20-year-old Englishman showed neat touches and took up good positions, but was substituted for the more physical and less technical Andreas Cornelius at halftime. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1," 20 Feb. 2019 The Super Bowl is long over, but everyone is still talking about Maroon 5's controversial halftime show performance. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Men Across the Country Are Trolling Adam Levine and His Infamous Tattoos," 10 Feb. 2019 There's more music set for the NFL's biggest night, as Maroon 5 will headline the famed halftime show. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gladys Knight Shines in a White Dress While Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl," 3 Feb. 2019 Arsenal hasn’t led at halftime in any of its 11 Premier League games this season, for instance, a sign that Emery has yet to settle on the right formula for his side. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 But fueled by Redick’s four-point play, the Sixers closed the first half on a 19-6 run to take a 76-67 lead into halftime. Dave Zeitlin, The Seattle Times, "Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120," 11 Feb. 2019 After falling behind big to start the night, the Pelicans gave themselves some hope by cutting the deficit to single digits going into halftime. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Kevin Durant, Warriors crush Pelicans in Game 4 to take 3-1 series lead," 6 May 2018

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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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The first known use of halftime was in 1861

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English Language Learners Definition of halftime

: the period of rest between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half in games like football and basketball


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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