[ ahr-muh-stis ]
/ ˈɑr mə stɪs /


a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce: World War I ended with the armistice of 1918.

Origin of armistice

First recorded in 1670–80; from French, from Medieval Latin armistitium, equivalent to Latin armi- (combining form of arma “weapons, arms, instruments of war”) + -stitium “a stopping” (stit- being a variant stem of sistere “to stop,” and modeled on Latin solstitium “solstice”) + -ium neuter of -ius adjective and noun suffix; see origin at arm2, solstice,stand,-ium


post·ar·mi·stice, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for armistice

/ (ˈɑːmɪstɪs) /


an agreement between opposing armies to suspend hostilities in order to discuss peace terms; truce

Word Origin for armistice

C18: from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma arms + sistere to stop, stand still
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