Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually short period of rest or relief. synonym: pause.
  • noun Temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence.
  • noun Forbearance or delay, as granted in the payment of a debt.
  • transitive verb To delay (a legal sentence, for example); postpone.
  • transitive verb To grant a respite to (someone).
  • adjective Relating to or being a respite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Respect; regard. See respect.
  • noun Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause.
  • noun A putting off or postponement of what was fixed; delay; forbearance; prolongation of time, as for the payment of a debt, beyond the fixed or legal time.
  • noun In law: A reprieve; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender. See reprieve.
  • noun The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
  • To delay; postpone; adjourn.
  • To relieve for a time from the execution of a sentence or other punishment or penalty; reprieve.
  • To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
  • To cease; forbear.
  • Synonyms See reprieve, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To delay or postpone; to put off.
  • transitive verb To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
  • transitive verb To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
  • noun A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
  • noun Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
  • noun Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
  • noun The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A brief interval of rest or relief.
  • noun law A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
  • verb transitive To delay or postpone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pause from doing something (as work)
  • verb postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  • noun a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  • noun an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  • noun the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  • noun a pause for relaxation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French respit, from Latin respectus, refuge, looking back; see respect.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman and Old French respit ("rest")

Examples

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  • respite is a time of temporary rest

    truce is a time of temporary peace

    August 13, 2007

  • Wordie is my place of respite. Despite the fact that it's not a place.

    August 11, 2009

  • I'll second that.

    August 11, 2009

  • *clicks heels*

    There's no place like wordie.

    August 12, 2009

  • This word was used in the second Narnia movie.

    June 12, 2012

  • You have a photographic memory for dizzyingly vague references that are the love children of Trivial and Oblique. How do you do it?

    June 13, 2012