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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Pregame activities have been restricted, and in 2013, the NHL extended intermissions from 17 to 18 minutes so there would be more time for ice repair between periods. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes arena technician's cool job: maintaining ice in the desert," 10 July 2019 There was no way the USA would maintain that momentum during that unnaturally extended intermission. Brian Straus,, "After Handling Jamaica, Weather Delay, USMNT Gets Gold Cup Final vs. Mexico," 4 July 2019 But one somewhat bonkers format decision — no openers, no intermissions, supporting acts popping up periodically (and often without introduction) — injected a massive jolt of electricity into the concert. Marc Hirsh,, "New Kids play generous hosts in TD Garden show," 29 June 2019 The 100-minute, no-intermission production is shipshape, acted with verve and designed with the kind of elaborate, defiant pirate chic (with pyrotechnics) that has always caught the eyes of rock stars. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "The new musical ‘Blackbeard’ swashbuckles into rough waters," 27 June 2019 The family-friendly show includes two acts and an intermission and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the Paw Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 Forest Hills Northern led at intermission after Grace Sayers' goal. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Novi girls soccer leaves no doubt, wins Division 1 state title," 15 June 2019 The two teams continued going back and forth into the halftime intermission with Eden Prairie holding a slight 8-5 lead. David Mullen, Twin Cities, "State girls lacrosse: Eden Prairie holds off Lakeville North," 13 June 2019 After a long intermission, Bennet returned to politics in 2003 as chief of staff for then-Denver Mayor Hickenlooper. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Who is Michael Bennet, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate?," 27 June 2019

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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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