in·​ter·​lude | \ ˈin-tər-ˌlüd How to pronounce interlude (audio) \

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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And the lovely lyrical interlude lacks the subtle mood shifts that others find in this piece. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 Since live musical acts were only onstage for one song this year, and there are video interludes give the crew time to help set and take down the stage. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Oxman and Ackman, who were rumored to be dating before her Pitt interlude, were reportedly extremely affectionate with each other this weekend, and attended a party together as a couple. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Brad Pitt’s MIT-Professor Crush Is Dating a Billionaire Now," 14 June 2018 The first two episodes of this second season were ridiculous enough, with dead bodies being discovered under a hedge maze and a protracted musical interlude. Karen Han, Vox, "NBC’s Trial & Error is a joyful break from reality," 29 July 2018 McKinnon talked about his background, his time in Minnesota and his early impressions of his new team, with a brief interlude to shout out Marietta, Georgia's Big Chicken. Jacob Feldman,, "Adrian Peterson Wants Back in the NFL, but Does the NFL Want Him Back?," 29 May 2018 The entire interlude passes by quickly, with a mounting sense of dread. Rama Adi, New York Times, "Review: Vengeance Is Hers in ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’," 21 June 2018 That’s the late-afternoon interlude in which the Roots emcee shows off his abundant verbal and rhythmic skills along with a host of guest rappers joining him on their own hits. Dan Deluca,, "Roots Picnic ends early due to weather," 2 June 2018 The scene between Trigorin and Arkadina near the end of the film is a highlight, as is the interlude between Nina and Trigorin. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Bening, Moss, Stoll and Ronan make a flawed ‘Seagull’ almost fly," 23 May 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 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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