half·​time | \ ˈhaf-ˌtīm, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halftime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


\ ˈhaf-ˌtīm, ˈhäf-\

Definition of half-time (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or working half the standard hours

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Other Words from halftime


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

Janet Jackson Appreciation Day The hashtag was used on the day of the Super Bowl, where Justin Timberlake took the stage at the halftime show. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "24 Social Media Moments That Literally Made 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The halftime show is everyone pretending to listen to your cousin talk about his new electric car. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 From turning down the Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick to being named Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, Rihanna has proven to be a political activist in her own right. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Told a Commenter Who Asked About Her Citizenship to Go Vote," 6 Nov. 2018 White and Moak were buried by a grieving community with public funerals in the days before the halftime show. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Sanctions upheld against band after questionable program," 23 Oct. 2018 The stadium has hosted several artists who performed one or two songs during football halftime shows and at the 1987 Special Olympics opening ceremony. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Garth Brooks teases big surprises and big reveals for massive Notre Dame Stadium concert," 10 July 2018 Prince's quote was resurrected in February when word leaked that Justin Timberlake was rumored to be performing with a Prince hologram at his Super Bowl 52 halftime show in Prince's hometown, Minneapolis. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 Natalie Cheung helped put on Intel's Super Bowl halftime drone show in 2017 with Lady Gaga. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Drones replace Fourth of July fireworks amid wildfire fears in the West," 3 July 2018 Last year, Jay Z reportedly turned down the offer to perform the halftime show with Justin Timberlake. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Beyoncé & Jay-Z Have A Word With Everyone On Everything Is Love," 17 June 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, ˈhäf-\

Kids Definition of halftime

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

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