in·​ter·​lude | \ ˈin-tər-ˌlüd How to pronounce interlude (audio) \

Definition of interlude

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

Examples of interlude in a Sentence

She left for a brief interlude. He has resumed his acting career after a two-year interlude. They always met in the city for their romantic interludes. a drama with musical interludes
Recent Examples on the Web With her smooth vocals and introspective lyrics, Aalegra was a tonal shift from the festival’s high octane headliners and her performance provided a soulful interlude that resonated with the audience in Indio, California. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 There’s also an interlude on a flying horse ridden by a fiery-eyed Valkyrie (Ineta Sliuzaite). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2022 And Johnny started writing to Klari immediately after that romantic interlude in 1937. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 Taylor’s mother found a cassette recording of Taylor as a child; Liverpool incorporated it into a tender intro to the album and a later interlude. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The climactic action scenes owe something to classic kaiju movies; the more lyrical moments — a dreamlike interlude in a bamboo forest, a scene of Mei’s panda leaping over the moonlit rooftops of Toronto — are pure wuxia epic. Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 In a meditative video interlude, Eilish spoke about objectification and submerged herself into a watery abyss. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Link walks up on their romantic interlude, shocked to find the love of his life in a major lip lock. Lincee Ray,, 17 Dec. 2021 After his interlude with Ferrari, Mr. Bondurant leaped to the Canadian-American Challenge Cup circuit — better known as Can-Am — in cars that went even faster than those in F1. Richard Sandomir,, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of interlude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for interlude

Middle English enterlude, from Medieval Latin interludium, from Latin inter- + ludus play — more at ludicrous

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“Interlude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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in·​ter·​lude | \ ˈin-tər-ˌlüd How to pronounce interlude (audio) \

Kids Definition of interlude

1 : a period of time or event that comes between others After a short interlude, he returned to the team.
2 : an entertainment between the acts of a play
3 : a musical composition between parts of a longer composition or of a drama

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