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

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 For many of us, Adam Rigg’s opulent dreamscape set and the salted pretzels and rainbow jelly beans given out at intermission were the only sprinkles of sweetness this production offered. Ayanna Prescod, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 That, coupled with Memphis struggling at 34% provide the Celtics with a 72-49 lead at intermission — the most points given up by the Grizzlies in a first half this season. Clay Bailey, Hartford Courant, 11 Apr. 2022 The Pelicans, who were up 60-50 at intermission despite shooting just 41.2%, outscored Atlanta 14-0 on fastbreak points in the first half. George Henry, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 The performances were somber and reflective, a mood that State Sen. Scott Weiner captured in his remarks to the crowd at intermission. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2022 But Basile drained a triple as the shot clock expired with 1:24 left in the half as part of a 9-0 Raiders run that put Wright State in front by 10 at intermission. Joe Noga, cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 Reese had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first half to spark Maryland to a 48-33 lead at intermission., 14 Feb. 2022 Then, after Basile split a pair of free throws, the Panthers rattled off eight of the next 10 points to pull to within 38-36 after trailing by eight at intermission. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Feb. 2022 The Bengals, who swept the Chiefs despite trailing them by 11 points at the half both Sunday and in Week 17, become the first team in league history to beat a team twice in one season when trailing by double digits at intermission both times. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Intermission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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