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.
- in·ter·lu·di·al, adjective
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How to use interlude in a sentence
Glass delivers a far more urgent book, but she shares Bennett’s visual focus and pointillist detail, her penchant for lyrical interludes, and a romance for nature manifested in metaphors.Emma Glass’s ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ powerfully describes what it means to be a health-care worker | Pete Tosiello | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
Besides being a refreshing interlude, it has helped me discover new poets that I wouldn’t have read otherwise.
Its short chapters, interspersed with interludes of photos, pack a wallop of poignancy, beauty, love – even joy.
For those awaiting the “matrix in the matrix,” as Musk had hinted on Twitter, the cute-animal interlude was not exactly what they hoped for.
Some of the little interludes I talk about voting, or I talk about this or that.
The cops subsequently pulled the surveillance camera footage and noted the interlude in minutest detail.
They seem to be something more like a brief interlude between his early acts of violence and their later, depraved culmination.Don’t Call Navy Yard Gunman Aaron Alexis a Veteran | Jacob Siegel | September 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was an anti-climactic interlude in a trial that has had many moments of drama.
A hazy choral interlude follows, followed by more nasty beats and acerbic lyrics.Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force | Marlow Stern | June 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“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 | David Freedlander | October 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gradually and imperceptibly the interlude melted into the soft opening minor chords of the Chopin Impromptu.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It is hard to say just when the lights went down on Sara Lee's quiet stage and the interlude began.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mr. Shiel readily made this statement, and thus ended this ridiculous interlude.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Then, by way of interlude, on the 28th March, came the notorious Dahlgren raid.Four Years in Rebel Capitals | T. C. DeLeon
Before Father Irwin was questioned, however, there was a delightful interlude.My New Curate | P.A. Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for interlude
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
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