Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “respite”

respite

noun uk   /ˈres.paɪt/ formal us  
[U] a pause or rest from something difficult or unpleasant: We worked for hours without respite.Pauses and interludesPeaceful and tranquil [S] a useful delay before something unpleasant happens: Their teacher was away, so they had a day's respite before their essays were due.Useful or advantageous
(Definition of respite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of respite?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “respite” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More