[ hahy-ey-tuhs ]
/ haɪˈeɪ təs /
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noun, plural hi·a·tus·es, hi·a·tus.
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.
any gap or opening.
Grammar, Prosody. the coming together, with or without break or slight pause, and without contraction, of two vowels in successive words or syllables, as in see easily.
Anatomy. a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in a bone or other structure.
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Origin of hiatus
1555–65; <Latin hiātus opening, gap, equivalent to hiā(re) to gape, open + -tus suffix of v. action
OTHER WORDS FROM hiatushi·a·tal, adjective
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How to use hiatus in a sentence
The Union Square address remained on indefinite hiatus while she continued to pay its rent.The True Cost of Keeping a Restaurant Open During a Pandemic|Charlotte Druckman|November 11, 2020|Eater
Clemson lacked Trevor Lawrence, the super-duper-star quarterback on the sideline in coronavirus hiatus.Notre Dame knocks off top-ranked Clemson in a double-overtime thriller in South Bend|Chuck Culpepper|November 8, 2020|Washington Post
The potential for those productions to be put on hiatus could explain why CBS has decided to cut the number of episodes for its scripted shows.Digital publishers hunt for home on connected TV|Tim Peterson|November 4, 2020|Digiday
Menaker remained at Random House until 2007, aside from a brief hiatus as an executive editor at HarperCollins.Daniel Menaker, author and celebrated editor at the New Yorker and Random House, dies at 79|Harrison Smith|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
Most of this episode is spent setting up the story Sherman-Palladino will be spooling out over the next few episodes, resetting the board after season seven and eight years of hiatus, establishing the new status quo.Every episode of Gilmore Girls, ranked|Constance Grady|October 6, 2020|Vox
British Dictionary definitions for hiatus
/ (haɪˈeɪtəs) /
noun plural -tuses or -tus
(esp in manuscripts) a break or gap where something is missing
a break or interruption in continuity
a break between adjacent vowels in the pronunciation of a word
anatomy a natural opening or aperture; foramen
anatomy a less common word for vulva
Derived forms of hiatushiatal, adjective
Word Origin for hiatus
C16: from Latin: gap, cleft, aperture, from hiāre to gape, yawn
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