The definition of hiatus is a gap, break or interruption.
An example of hiatus is the time between a television show's seasons.
pl. -·tuses or -·tus
- a break where a part is missing or lost, as in a manuscript; gap in a sequence; lacuna
- any gap or interruption, as in continuity or time
- Phonet. a slight pause in pronunciation between two successive vowels in adjacent words or syllables, as between the sounds represented by the successive e's in he entered and reenter
Origin of hiatusL, past participle of hiare, to gape ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?h?-, uncertain or unknown; perhaps h?i- from source gap, gasp
nounpl. hi·a·tus·es or hiatus
- A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break: “We are likely to be disconcerted by &ellipsis; hiatuses of thought” (Edmund Wilson).
- Linguistics A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
- Anatomy A separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.
Origin of hiatusLatin hiatus, from past participle of hiare, to gape.
(plural hiatus or hiatuses)
- A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
- An interruption, break or pause.
- A vacation, break from work.
- The band took a hiatus for three months.
- (geology) A gap in geological strata.
- (anatomy) An opening in an organ.
- Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.
From Latin hiātus (“opening”), from hiō (“stand open, yawn”).