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

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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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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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