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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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 Online setlists hint the Stones’ set will hit two hours — and that doesn’t include time for the opening act and intermission. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "How to use transit for the Rolling Stones concert," 17 Aug. 2019 To stay for both — there’s an intermission between them — costs $35. Matthew J. Palm,, "’The Animatronicans’: Orlando Fringe fave returns with double-header, theme-park meetup," 29 July 2019 The 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. Jennifer Boehm,, "10 things to do with the kids this weekend: July 18-21," 16 July 2019 Jameel Richardson, who scored on a pair of 3-yard runs, added a 38-yard scoring romp with 3:48 before the intermission to put the home team up 20-14. Robert Ladnier, al, "Kierston Rogers scores 4th-quarter TDs to lead Theodore past Daphne," 23 Aug. 2019 Diego Rubio scored three minutes after Kamara’s first-half stoppage-time goal giving the ‘Pids two markers just before the intermission. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Five takeaways from the Colorado Rapids infectious offensive outburst against Montreal," 4 Aug. 2019 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

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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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