intermission

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

Definition of intermission

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web After the intermission, and just before leading us all into his high-spirited Haydn, Noseda took the microphone to address the audience. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Then, after intermission, the symphony will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 After a 2-0 lead turned into a 5-3 deficit in the second period Thursday, team leaders spoke up in the dressing room at the second intermission. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 21 May 2021 Speaking of being ahead after two, the Lightning have not lost in 28 games this season with the lead at the second intermission including both games of this series. Dave Campbell, ajc, 19 May 2021 Later in the season, Anton Khudobin missed two games because of a false positive and Rick Bowness was pulled from a game in Carolina during the second intermission. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Varlamov wasn’t on the bench for after the second intermission, and Cory Schneider came out in uniform and took a seat about seven minutes into the third period. Ken Powtak, courant.com, 10 May 2021 Varlamov wasn't on the bench for after the second intermission, and Cory Schneider came out in uniform and took a seat about seven minutes into the third period. Ken Powtak, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 The Sabres were back for one more before the second intermission, with Casey Mittelstadt snapping the 3-1 lead home from the lower-inner edge of the right wing circle. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of intermission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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“Intermission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermission. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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intermission

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intermission

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

intermission

noun
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)

intermission

noun
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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