- an intervening episode, period, space, etc.
- a short dramatic piece, especially of a light or farcical character, formerly introduced between the parts or acts of miracle and morality plays or given as part of other entertainments.
- one of the early English farces or comedies, as those written by John Heywood, which grew out of such pieces.
- any intermediate performance or entertainment, as between the acts of a play.
- an instrumental passage or a piece of music rendered between the parts of a song, church service, drama, etc.
Origin of interlude
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1. interval, respite, intermission, pause.
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Examples from the Web for interlude
The cops subsequently pulled the surveillance camera footage and noted the interlude in minutest detail.Rob Ford’s Web of Criminal Friends
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“It can be an interlude which changes the present dialogue about the momentum of the campaign,” Jamieson added.Biden’s Mission Impossible: Stop Obama Free Fall With Ryan Debate
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One purported fan blogged a review calling the interlude “an interminable and sanctimonious speech.”Intimate Madonna Show at Paris’s Olympia Hall Turns Ugly
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The interlude between sharing him with an adoring cooking class and retreating to our cottage was simmering fork play.The Secret Sex Lives of Chefs
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The interlude of fever had changed his views and enlarged his consciousness.A Spirit in Prison
In an interlude of their over-night discussion Barbara had asked him to lunch with her.The Education of Eric Lane
This was but an interlude in which man could ask of man, "What next?"The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
The tarantella then was no more than an interlude in a play.The Prisoner
This was but an interlude, though an instructive one, in the main course of events.The Siege of Boston
- a period of time or different activity between longer periods, processes, or events; episode or interval
- theatre a short dramatic piece played separately or as part of a longer entertainment, common in 16th-century England
- a brief piece of music, dance, etc, given between the sections of another performance
C14: from Medieval Latin interlūdium, from Latin inter- + lūdus play
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Word Origin and History for interlude
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