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.

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McNair’s widow, Mechelle, and their two sons attended the halftime ceremony along with McNair’s mother and brothers. BostonGlobe.com, "Game Day Grind Compilation | Justin Reid and Jahleel Addae," 16 Sep. 2019 The defense shut out Pittsburg (1-1) in the second half after the Pirates closed to 35-21 just before halftime on a short TD pass from Jerry Johnson to Rashid Williams. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "QB Daylin McLemore leads Serra past Pittsburg," 31 Aug. 2019 The Giants, who were undefeated in the preseason, are off to their sixth 0-2 start since 2013, and they were booed by the fans leaving the field at halftime. Tom Canavan, courant.com, "The boos come early as Giants fall to Bills," 16 Sep. 2019 The next day, the Black 14 were honored at halftime during the football game against the University of Idaho. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "After 50 years, the University of Wyoming apologized for the dismissal of 14 black football players," 16 Sep. 2019 The Vikings soon settled for a 31-yard field goal by Dan Bailey, cutting the deficit to 21-10 at halftime. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Replay official in New York overturns Vikings’ TD due to offensive pass interference," 15 Sep. 2019 Virginia Tech trailed by 11 points at halftime before finding its way past FCS-level Furman. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Can anyone beat Clemson? It's unlikely as the ACC continues to scuffle this season," 15 Sep. 2019 The Ravens led 17-6 at halftime, but their lead shrank to three early in the fourth quarter. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Instant analysis: Behind Lamar Jackson’s 120 rushing yards, 2 TD passes, Ravens hold off Cardinals, 23-17," 15 Sep. 2019 But Fickell said the team also drew inspiration from what Warren and Wright said at halftime. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Warren II and Bryan Wright talk and walk as UC football's leaders," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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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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