noun in·ter·lude \ˈin-tər-ˌlüd\

: a period of time between events or activities

: a brief romantic or sexual meeting or relationship

: a short piece of music that is played between the parts of a longer one, a drama, or a religious service

Full Definition of INTERLUDE

:  a usually short simple play or dramatic entertainment
:  an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event :  interval
:  a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or a religious service

Examples of INTERLUDE

  1. She left for a brief interlude.
  2. He has resumed his acting career after a two-year interlude.
  3. They always met in the city for their romantic interludes.
  4. a drama with musical interludes


Middle English enterlude, from Medieval Latin interludium, from Latin inter- + ludus play — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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