a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce: World War I ended with the armistice of 1918.

1655–65; < French < Medieval Latin armistitium, equivalent to Latin armi- (combining form of arma arm2) + -stitium a stopping (stit- (variant stem of sistere to stop; see stand) + -ium -ium)

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armistice (ˈɑːmɪstɪs)
an agreement between opposing armies to suspend hostilities in order to discuss peace terms; truce
[C18: from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma arms + sistere to stop, stand still]

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Word Origin & History

1707, from Fr. armistice, coined 1688 on the model of L. solstitium (see solstice), etc., from L. arma "arms" (see arm (2)) + -stitium (used only in compounds), from sistere "cause to stand" (see assist). Ger. Waffenstillstand
is a loan-transl. from Fr. Armistice Day (1919) marked the end of the Great War of 1914-18 on Nov. 11, 1918. In Britain, after World War II, it merged with Remembrance Day. In U.S., Armistice Day became a national holiday in 1926. In 1954, to honor World War II and Korean War veterans as well, it was re-dubbed Veterans Day.
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Example sentences
To be technical, they don't even have an official peace treaty, they only have
  an armistice.
With this modern conflict there will probably be no signed peace treaties, or
Stalemated wars often conclude with belligerents retaining what they possessed
  at the moment an armistice is reached.
Reports of a six months' armistice are rife here, and the thought is deplored
  by all.
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