n. 1. An opening or hole in a physical object, or a gap in a series
2. A gap in a series
3. A break; a period of time in which a certain activity is suspended
“WordADay.org recently returned from its hiatus, and was met with international acclaim.” –WordADay.org
Hiatus comes straight out of Latin, where it primarily meant a physical opening or break of some kind (now it usually has a more figurative meaning). It’s believed to have an even older Indo-European root ghai-, meaning “to yawn.”
Thank you, dear readers, for waiting patiently while wordaday was on hiatus. I know most of you are very understanding in these matters. Naturally, some won’t be, but what can you do? Hiatus gonna hiate.