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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But thanks to its psychedelic interludes, openly spiritualist bent and jaw-dropping twist ending, the film developed a small but fervent word-of-mouth following. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ another remake nobody asked for, and more movies," 22 Aug. 2019 Opening with a saturated, scratchy chord that fractures into jitters, the score, conducted by Leslie Dunner, is most interesting in brief instrumental interludes. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Central Park Five’ Turns Injustice Into Opera," 16 June 2019 Voice interludes incorporating actors from the film — like Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more — also appear among the soundtrack’s 27 tracks. Joey Nolfi,, "Listen to Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album featuring Jay-Z, Pharrell, more," 19 July 2019 The musicians who have opened the show quietly with a ballad emerge with a piano for a jazzy interlude, wearing alligator heads as hats. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Inside Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ tent, you’ll find pure enchantment," 20 June 2019 His military career was marked by long stretches away from his family, punctuated by interludes of terror. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: At this L.A. supper club, refugees share food and memories of the lives they left behind," 31 May 2019 After a brief interlude in comfortable flat shoes, Meghan later appeared sporting a second look—a khaki green pleated shirt dress. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's First Event Since She Announced Her Pregnancy Compared to Kate Middleton's," 16 Oct. 2018 The compilation album was, in effect, a Kendrick Lamar record with some South African–dusted interludes. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "What’s Missing From Beyoncé’s Lion King Soundtrack," 19 July 2019 In no way is this at all a condemnation of Murray—or anyone—but looking back, what a bizarre interlude. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From Wimbledon 2019," 14 July 2019

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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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