entr'acte

noun
en·​tr'acte | \ ˈäⁿ(n)-ˌtrakt How to pronounce entr'acte (audio) , -ˌträkt; äⁿ(n)-ˈtrakt, -ˈträkt How to pronounce entr'acte (audio) \

Definition of entr'acte

1 : a dance, piece of music, or interlude performed between two acts of a play
2 : the interval between two acts of a play

First Known Use of entr'acte

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entr'acte

French, from entre- inter- + acte act

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The first known use of entr'acte was circa 1842

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“Entr'acte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entr%27acte. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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