What does hiatus mean?

Definitions for hiatushaɪˈeɪ təs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hiatus.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement(noun)

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  2. hiatus(noun)

    a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)

  3. foramen, hiatus(noun)

    a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure


  1. hiatus(Noun)

    A gap in a series, making it incomplete.

  2. hiatus(Noun)

    A gap in geological strata.

  3. hiatus(Noun)

    An opening in an organ.

    Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.

  4. hiatus(Noun)

    An interruption, break or pause.

  5. hiatus(Noun)

    A vacation, break from work.

    The band took a hiatus for three months.

  6. Origin: From hiatus, from hio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiatus

    of Hiatus

  2. Hiatus(noun)

    an opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in a manuscript, where some part is lost or effaced; a space where something is wanting; a break

  3. Hiatus(noun)

    the concurrence of two vowels in two successive words or syllables

  4. Origin: [L., fr. hiare, hiatum, to gape; akin to E. yawn. See Yawn.]


  1. Hiatus

    In phonology, hiatus or diaeresis refers to two vowel sounds occurring in adjacent syllables, with no intervening consonant. When two adjacent vowel sounds occur in the same syllable, the result is instead described as a diphthong. The English words hiatus and diaeresis themselves contain a hiatus between the first and second syllables.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hiatus

    hī-ā′tus, n. a gap: an opening: a chasm: a break in continuity, a defect: (gram.) a concurrence of vowel sounds in two successive syllables. [L.,—hiāre, hiātum, to gape.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiatus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiatus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hoesung Lee:

    There is no hiatus (in global warming). Multiple lines of evidence suggest that the earth is warming.

  2. Richard Slark:

    I believe we are looking at a 2-3 year hiatus in those large-scale energy projects where financing would be international.

  3. Kevin Roberts:

    Chris Christie has decided to take a hiatus from Chris Christie work in the finance world to spend more time with Chris Christie family and young children.

  4. Kevin Roberts:

    Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children, she recently resigned her position as a managing director at Angelo Gordon.

  5. Ram Ben-Barak:

    The Americans are satisfied because, in their thinking, diplomacy succeeded. But we are very, very worried and the Gulf countries are very, very worried and it is absolutely clear to everyone that this hiatus is utterly temporary.

Images & Illustrations of hiatus

  1. hiatushiatushiatus

Translations for hiatus

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for hiatus »


Find a translation for the hiatus definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these hiatus definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"hiatus." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/hiatus>.

Are we missing a good definition for hiatus? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for hiatus:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.