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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Even after this horrifying interlude, Bughead are still shown using the bunker as their romantic hideaway! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 The interlude came shortly after Ellis admonished prosecutors in the early afternoon for seeking to introduce an exhibit that was dozens of pages long. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Judge Ellis calls on Mueller team to 'really sharply focus' inquiries, as prosecutors ask witness about emoji," 9 Aug. 2018 The program, a mix of spoken word and jazz, will feature Anastasia recounting tales of organized crime with musical interludes by saxophonist/flautist Denis DiBlasio and guitarist Brian Betz. Molly Eichel,, "'Mobsters and the Songs They Love': A new show exploring the intersection of music and the mafia," 13 June 2018 Yet there is also great joy in this show, which comes across in several exuberant movement and dance interludes celebrating community even — or especially — in times of strife. Kerry Reid,, "'Ofrenda': Themes of 'home' and 'offering' get the distinctive Albany Park Theatre treatment," 3 May 2018 The score is made up of lively country tunes, courtly dances, thrumming interludes, lyrical laments, and ornate fanfares. Zoë Madonna,, "Handel and Haydn ‘Fairy Queen’ is delightful," 7 Apr. 2018 The video went on like this for several minutes, with brief interludes of missiles, soldiers and warships interrupting the fanfare. Avi Selk,, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House," 12 June 2018 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

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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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