in·​ter·​lude ˈin-tər-ˌlüd How to pronounce interlude (audio)
: an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event : interval
: a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or a religious service
: 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlude was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Interlude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​ter·​lude ˈint-ər-ˌlüd How to pronounce interlude (audio)
: a performance between the acts of a play
: an intervening period, space, or event : interval
: a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer one, a drama, or a religious service

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