in·ter·lude | \ˈin-tər-ˌlüd \

Definition of interlude 

1 : a usually short simple play or dramatic entertainment

2 : an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event : interval

3 : a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or a religious service

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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
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In this interlude, she's dressed like what appears to be a female version of Thor, complete with a gavel for a hammer. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is a Woman' Music Video Features a Voice-Over From Madonna," 13 July 2018 Apart from a brief interlude in late 1862 — Confederates recaptured it on New Year’s Day 1863, in the somewhat farcical Battle of Galveston — the city was the lone Confederate port to remain unoccupied during the war. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 The air is warm and the water crystal clear, perfect for an idyllic interlude of diving far from the cares of the shore. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse," 11 June 2018 The time has come, once again, for an interleague interlude. Scott Lauber,, "Interleague visit to Baltimore will give Phillies up-close look at Manny Machado | Extra Innings," 15 May 2018 While all of this was unfolding, Grande also took time to promote her upcoming album, Sweetener, which will reportedly have an interlude devoted to Davidson. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Did you hear Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are engaged?," 26 June 2018 Consider that the three shortest tracks/interludes include contributions from Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys harmonies on the dreamy title song), Jon Brion and Stevie Wonder. Greg Kot,, "Janelle Monae comes back down to earth on 'Dirty Computer'," 27 Apr. 2018 There are hints of David Lynch's macabre absurdism here, but also some agreeably carnivalesque interludes reminiscent of Federico Fellini, Emir Kusturica and even Wes Anderson. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Since the late 80s, the man who releases prank calls as Longmont Potion Castle has created a DIY surrealist universe, complete with a ludicrous nomenclature all its own, disorienting sound collages, and bizarro instrumental interludes. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Stephanie Marlow of Indie Publicity on a brutal band with a soft spot for pitties," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of interlude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interlude

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

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English Language Learners Definition of interlude

: 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


in·ter·lude | \ˈin-tər-ˌlüd \

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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