or half-time

[ haf-tahym, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌtaɪm, ˈhɑf- /


the period indicating completion of half the time allowed for an activity, as for a football or basketball game or an examination.
Sports. the intermission or rest period between the two halves of a football, basketball, or other game, during which spectators are often entertained by baton twirling, marching bands, or the like.


pertaining to or taking place during a halftime: The football fans were treated to a halftime exhibition by the marching band.

Origin of halftime

First recorded in 1870–75; half + time
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