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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After the intermission, the quartet launches into Mendelssohn. James Florio, National Geographic, "See the wildest art destination in the West," 21 Mar. 2019 His commentaries were typically heard during the first intermission of the live Saturday matinee broadcasts, the quiz segment during the second. James Barron,, "M. Owen Lee (Father Lee to his Met Opera radio fans) dies at 89," 27 July 2019 His commentaries were typically heard during the first intermission of the live Saturday matinee broadcasts, the quiz segment during the second. James Barron, New York Times, "M. Owen Lee (Father Lee to His Met Opera Radio Fans) Dies at 89," 26 July 2019 Jaden Schwartz chipped the puck past Brad Marchand, who inexplicably left the ice for a line change, and Schwartz set up Pietrangelo for a backhander in the slot for a 2-0 lead at first intermission. Curtis Zupke,, "Blues defeat Bruins in Game 7 to win franchise’s first Stanley Cup," 12 June 2019 Less than two and a half minutes after Coyle's goal, Tarasenko scored on a rebound off captain Alex Pietrangelo's shot to give the Blues the lead back going into the first intermission. Stephen Whyno,, "Blues beat Bruins 4-2 to knot Stanley Cup Final at 2-2," 3 June 2019 Sure enough, after the intermission of Noises Off, Robert Koharchik’s detailed British country house set, with its handsome wooden paneling and myriad doors, swivels to take us backstage. Julia M. Klein,, "'Noises Off' at the Walnut Street Theatre gets farce exactly (disastrously!) right," 26 Mar. 2018 Most halftime counterprograms are now a variation of the Puppy Bowl, which first hit TV screens at the intermission of the Super Bowl in 2005 on the Animal Planet network. Patrick Cooley,, "The Puppy Bowl and the history of Super Bowl counterprogramming," 2 Feb. 2018 Yet despite all those mishaps, most of which came in the first half, coach Jeff Turley’s Vikings amassed a 35-0 intermission lead, then kept pouring it on the Tartarns. Barry Faulkner, Daily Pilot, "Marina football dominates Torrance, improves to 2-0," 29 Aug. 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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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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