1707, from French armistice (1680s), coined on the model of Latin solstitium (see solstice), etc., from Latin arma "arms" (see arm (n.2)) + -stitium (used only in compounds), from PIE *ste-ti-, suffixed form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The word is attested in English from 1660s in the Latin form armistitium. German Waffenstillstand is a loan-translation from French. 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.
1. Finally, the Bolsheviks signed an armistice with Germany.
2. People celebrating the armistice behaved like an orgiastic mob.
3. The two nations signed an armistice.
4. The Italian armistice is nothing but a clumsy trap.
5. After the armistice he had spent a month in Paris.