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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On theater nights, the Wolf and Bear Pub serves coffee, iced tea, lemon bars and other treats from Volcano’s Kneading Dough bakery before the show and at intermission. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "10 Gold Country sipping, dining and outdoor adventures," 10 Aug. 2019 After the intermission, Mayer returned to the stage for three acoustic songs with minimal backing. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "John Mayer comfortably slides into musical middle age at chill Xcel Energy Center concert," 5 Aug. 2019 Up by one point at intermission, the Lynx gradually widened their lead throughout the third quarter. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Sylvia Fowles posts WNBA-record 158th double-double in Lynx victory," 15 July 2019 The former players are scheduled to reminisce with DiBiasio on stage after intermission. Marc Bona,, "Tickets remain for Rocky Colavito program; ex-Indians McDowell, Tiant, Fuller added," 2 July 2019 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

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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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