[ 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.

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

/ (ɒnˈtrækt, French ɑ̃trakt) /


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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