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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Recent Examples on the Web In a strangely oblivious interlude, the assistant steels herself and walks over to the H.R. department to blow the whistle. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Finally, a Harvey Weinstein Movie," 25 Jan. 2020 In an interactive interlude, audience members are invited to take out their cellphones and add their families’ migration histories to a map of the world, which lights up onstage with a profusion of far-reaching paths. New York Times, "A Show Reminds Young Audiences: We All Got Here From Somewhere," 9 Jan. 2020 In 1918 the fledgling Moldovan Republic united with Romania for a brief interlude. The Economist, "Rolled over A pro-Western government has been pushed out in Moldova," 12 Dec. 2019 Two big stages are then scheduled in the Pyrenees before a maritime interlude on the Atlantic Coast linking the island of Oleron to the Ile de Re. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Tour de France: Mountains galore for pure climbers," 15 Oct. 2019 The Omni Quartet and Cleveland Orchestra flutist Joshua Smith will perform a musical interlude. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Memorial celebration for architect Peter van Dijk set for Saturday October 19 at 2 p.m. at Severance Hall," 12 Oct. 2019 The 2015 stage adaptation, written by Ernie Nolan, pads out the action with plenty of musical interludes, dragon dancing, taco eating and nonsense. oregonlive, "‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is a play for kids, so we asked a kid to review it," 20 Jan. 2020 The idea of decisive victory predicated on success in battle is simply a historical curio that, one interlude aside, has seldom had much relevance to the material realities of war. Long live victory! Cian O'driscoll, Quartz, "The myth of victory in modern warfare," 2 Dec. 2019 End of the Century Two men, an Argentine and a Spaniard, share a romantic interlude in Barcelona. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "New movies in L.A. this week: Brad Pitt in ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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