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.

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The team had shot six times by halftime, compared to four shots by the Dynamo. Parth Upadhyaya, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo fall to C.F. Monterrey in 10th annual Charities Cup," 29 June 2018 The Rebels took a 5-4 lead into halftime, receiving goals from seniors Emily Curtis and Mia Drummey, in addition to a hat trick from Scales. Henry Brechter, BostonGlobe.com, "Scales strikes, Walpole girls’ lacrosse soars into Division 1 final," 20 June 2018 No one is forgetting that name pic.twitter.com/VTOzd4P0yr — Sarah Fraser (@heyfrase) June 15, 2018 Sounds like everyone here needs to cool off with some orange slices at halftime. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "People Are Horny As Hell for Morocco Coach Hervé Renard," 20 June 2018 Johnny Russell broke a scoreless tie two minutes after halftime, heading a pass from Kharlton Belmar. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "With three teenagers in the lineup, Sporting KC cruises in U.S. Open Cup opener," 6 June 2018 After his team was tied with Cleveland in Game 1 at halftime, McGee's defensive work on LeBron James helped his team spurt away to a third quarter lead. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Social media reacts to Golden State’s controversial NBA Finals Game 1 win over Cleveland," 31 May 2018 When Peg asks Al to switch seats at halftime, her number is called to make a free throw for a chance to win $10,000. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Kings join royal wedding cheer with photo of Divac and Markle. What's the connection? | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 Leading 5-4 at halftime, the Cardinals scored the first three goals in the second half with Sawyer getting the lone goal in the third quarter and the Cardinals pulling away in the fourth with goals by Kelly and Mitchell. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Calvert Hall wins second straight MIAA A lacrosse title with 8-6 win over Boys' Latin," 19 May 2018 Down 15-3 in the first half, and 15-10 at halftime, the Seawolves dominated early in the second half to improve to 2-1. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Seawolves rally in second half, then hold on to win 31-29 at New Orleans," 12 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, ˈhäf-\

Kids Definition of halftime

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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