in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Definition of intermission

1 : the act of intermitting : the state of being intermitted
2 : an interval between the parts of an entertainment (such as the acts of a play)

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Other Words from intermission

intermissionless adjective

Examples of intermission in a Sentence

We'll return after a brief intermission. an awkward intermission between speeches

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Malpaso’s four-part, single-intermission program yielded mixed results, but included two especially engaging entries over its 90 minutes. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Fleet-Footed Cultural Ambassadors," 14 Jan. 2019 More Red Wings: Nielsen was slow to get up and underwent concussion protocol testing during first intermission. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov called up as Frans Nielsen sidelined," 7 Mar. 2018 About five minutes before intermission, the Seahawks owned an 8-3 lead. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Clevenger, Simpson power Marriotts Ridge girls lacrosse to comeback win over South River," 18 Apr. 2018 Seven different Villanova players made shots from behind the arc before intermission. USA TODAY, "Final Four: Villanova shoots down Kansas with record-setting barrage of threes," 31 Mar. 2018 Freshman Taya Corosdale kept the Beavers in it through the first half, with nine of her 11 points coming before intermission. Special To The Oregonian,, "Oregon State Beavers overwhelmed by Louisville in women's NCAA Tournament Elite 8," 25 Mar. 2018 Smith and Jarrett Culver scored 10 straight points to get the Raiders’ fans off their seats and gave Texas Tech a three-point lead with five minutes left before the intermission. Chris Hays,, "Late Texas Tech bucket knocks Florida Gators out of NCAA Tournament," 18 Mar. 2018 Both scored in double-digits before the intermission. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Southern routs Alabama A&M," 24 Feb. 2018 Read more: Sophomore Ward finished with 17 points in 12 minutes, making all five of his shots in the first half before picking up his second foul with 10:11 to play before intermission. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr, Nick Ward survive time on the bench," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of intermission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intermission

Middle English intermyssyown, from Latin intermission-, intermissio, from intermittere

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The first known use of intermission was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of intermission

: a short break between the parts of a performance (such as a play, movie, or concert)


in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Kids Definition of intermission

: a pause or short break (as between acts of a play)


in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Medical Definition of intermission

: the space of time between two paroxysms of a disease — compare arrest, cure entry 1 sense 1, remission

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