[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n]


an act or instance of interrupting.
the state of being interrupted.
something that interrupts.
cessation; intermission.

Origin of interruption

1350–1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related formsre·in·ter·rup·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interruptions

Contemporary Examples of interruptions

Historical Examples of interruptions

  • In the education of your family, you would meet with no interruptions or restraint.

  • I must have more time to talk to him, and we must get a chance when there will be no danger of interruptions.

  • His lordship listened, though with a cross-fire of interruptions.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Interruptions and discussions were frequent; they were also making pretence to sup.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • For such the nurseries hold nothing but noise and interruptions.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for interruptions



something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
an interval or intermission
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruptions



late 14c., "a break of continuity," from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) "a breaking off, interruption, interval," noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning "a breaking in upon some action" is from c.1400; that of "a pause, a temporary cessation" is early 15c.

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