entr'acte

[ ahn-trakt, ahn-trakt; French ahn-trakt ]
/ ɑnˈtrækt, ˈɑn trækt; French ɑ̃ˈtrakt /

noun, plural en·tr'actes [ahn-trakts, ahn-trakts; French ahn-trakt] /ɑnˈtrækts, ˈɑn trækts; French ɑ̃ˈtrakt/.

the interval between two consecutive acts of a theatrical or operatic performance.
a performance, as of music or dancing, given during such an interval.
a piece of music or the like for such performance.

Nearby words

  1. entoretina,
  2. entourage,
  3. entozoan,
  4. entozoic,
  5. entozoon,
  6. entrails,
  7. entrain,
  8. entrammel,
  9. entrance,
  10. entrance pupil

Origin of entr'acte

1740–50; < French, equivalent to entre between (< Latin inter) + acte act

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British Dictionary definitions for entr'acte

entr'acte

/ (ɒnˈtrækt, French ɑ̃trakt) /

noun

an interval between two acts of a play or opera
(esp formerly) an entertainment during an interval, such as dancing between acts of an opera

Word Origin for entr'acte

C19: French, literally: between-act

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