Definition of hiatus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//haɪˈeɪtəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪˈeɪtəs//
    [singular] (formal)
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  1. 1a pause in activity when nothing happens After a five-month hiatus, the talks resumed.
  2. 2a space, especially in a piece of writing or in a speech, where something is missing
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally denoting a physical gap): from Latin, literally ‘gaping’, from hiare ‘gape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hiatus

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