a cessation of hostilities; truce.
Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.

1840–50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire

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1.  a period of truce, esp one that is temporary and a preliminary step to establishing a more permanent peace on agreed terms
interj, —n
2.  the order to stop firing

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Word Origin & History

1847, as a military command, from cease + fire in the gun sense. Meaning "a cessation of shooting" is recorded from 1918. Generally two words until after mid-20c.
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Example sentences
Legend has it that they observed an unofficial ceasefire while underground.
The two sides in the shooting war in the national park signed a ceasefire
  months ago.
They have not taken a day off since before the ceasefire.
The new government is unlikely to offer a ceasefire.
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