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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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

The visitors opened the scoring before Lance Laing equalized the match just before halftime. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Scouting report: Nashville City vs. FC Cincinnati at Nissan Stadium," 6 July 2018 Lloris recovered from the incident and made a crucial save before halftime to preserve France’s 1-0 lead. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "A giant bug nearly flew into French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' mouth," 6 July 2018 Andrew Das: Spain must be kicking itself for not pressing harder for a second goal before halftime. Andrew Das, New York Times, "That Roar You Heard Was From Russia. Its Team Sent Spain Packing.," 3 July 2018 Russia caught its biggest break shortly before halftime when, for no reason at all, Spain defender Gerard Pique leaped to defend a cross with his arm high in the air. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Knocks Out Spain in Shootout," 1 July 2018 Lancaster doubled Louisville City's lead before halftime, but to see O'Connor's face walking off the pitch prompted a double check that the score hadn't flipped. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 2018 After a scoreless first half - another Kensington product, John Hughes, hit the crossbar before halftime for the locals' best chance - Manchester United took it to them. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "In 1952, visit by Manchester more low-key," 18 June 2018 The first came right before halftime, but the Warhawks responded with a pair of goals to extend their lead to 5-2. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead Red girls lacrosse keeps remarkable run of state titles intact," 11 June 2018 There was the Arturo Álvarez header that drifted just above the crossbar before halftime. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo defeat NTX Rayados in first U.S. Open Cup match," 6 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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