in·​ter·​mis·​sion ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce intermission (audio)
: an interval between the parts of an entertainment (such as the acts of a play)
: the act of intermitting : the state of being intermitted
intermissionless adjective

Examples of intermission in a Sentence

We'll return after a brief intermission. an awkward intermission between speeches
Recent Examples on the Web After an intermission of several years, a return to regular output was under way with a string of one-off singles for labels such as Magik Muzik. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 17 July 2024 The Celtics led 32-28 at the end of the opening period, with the Heat then taking a 61-53 lead into the intermission and 89-82 lead into the fourth quarter. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 14 July 2024 Caroline Bowers tied the score off an assist from Reagan Riemer with 33 seconds left until intermission. Craig J. Clary, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2024 Both teams endured the other’s attacking chances before the whistle blew for halftime and Uruguay led 1-0 at the intermission. Jackson Castellano, Sun Sentinel, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for intermission 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Intermission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​ter·​mis·​sion ˌint-ər-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce intermission (audio)
: pause entry 1 sense 1, interruption
work without intermission
: a pause or interval between the parts of an entertainment (as the acts of a play)

Medical Definition


in·​ter·​mis·​sion ˌint-ər-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce intermission (audio)
: the space of time between two paroxysms of a disease compare arrest, cure entry 1 sense 1, remission

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