interlude

play
noun 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

Examples of interlude in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of interlude

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


INTERLUDE Defined for English Language Learners

interlude

play
noun

Definition of interlude for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INTERLUDE Defined for Kids

interlude

play
noun in·ter·lude \ ˈin-tər-ˌlüd \

Definition of interlude for Students

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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