- a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce: World War I ended with the armistice of 1918.
Origin of armistice
Examples from the Web for armistices
After the fall of Calais a succession of armistices or truces suspended hostilities for about six years.
That hostilities must cease is the obvious content of all kinds of armistices.
No legal rule exists regarding the form of armistices, which may therefore be concluded either orally or in writing.
If and so far as this has not been done, the import of armistices is for some parts much controverted.
The principle vigilantibus jura sunt scripta applies to armistices as well as to all other legal transactions.
- an agreement between opposing armies to suspend hostilities in order to discuss peace terms; truce
Word Origin and History for armistices
1707, from French armistice (1680s), coined on the model of Latin solstitium (see solstice), etc., from Latin arma "arms" (see arm (n.2)) + -stitium (used only in compounds), from sistere "cause to stand" (see assist).
The word is attested in English from 1660s in the Latin form armistitium. German Waffenstillstand is a loan-translation from French. Armistice Day (1919) marked the end of the Great War of 1914-18 on Nov. 11, 1918. In Britain, after World War II, it merged with Remembrance Day. In U.S., Armistice Day became a national holiday in 1926. In 1954, to honor World War II and Korean War veterans as well, it was re-dubbed Veterans Day.