[ 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

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 forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for armistices


/ (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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