[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. arminian,
  2. arminianism,
  3. arminius,
  4. arminius, jacobus,
  5. armipotent,
  6. armistice day,
  7. armitage,
  8. armless,
  9. armlet,
  10. armload

Origin of armistice

1655–65; < French < Medieval Latin armistitium, equivalent to Latin armi- (combining form of arma arm2) + -stitium a stopping (stit- (variant stem of sistere to stop; see stand) + -ium -ium)

Related formspost·ar·mi·stice, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for armistice



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.

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