or half-time

[ haf-tahym, hahf- ]

  1. the period indicating completion of half the time allowed for an activity, as for a football or basketball game or an examination.

  2. 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.

  1. 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

Words Nearby halftime

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British Dictionary definitions for half-time


  1. sport

    • a rest period between the two halves of a game

    • (as modifier): the half-time score

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