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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
Doncic hits a step-back three for his 17th point of the game but the Mavs still trail by 21 points at halftime. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 June 2024 Not often does a coach get involved in the on-field huddle with their team coming out of halftime. Braidon Nourse, The Denver Post, 26 May 2024
French forward Delphine Cascarino did finally open the scoring for Lyon but Benfica equalized before half-time to keep its faint hopes alive. Ben Church, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 The Spanish keeper passed the ball straight to Rodrygo who willingly looped the ball over him into the net just before half-time. Joseph O'Sullivan, Forbes, 27 Mar. 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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Cite this Entry

“Halftime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halftime. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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