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Definition of "interlude" []

  • An intervening episode, feature, or period of time: "Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” ( William Safire). (noun)
  • A short farcical entertainment performed between the acts of a medieval mystery or morality play. (noun)
  • A 16th-century genre of comedy derived from this. (noun)
  • An entertainment between the acts of a play. (noun)
  • Music A short piece inserted between the parts of a longer composition. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "interlude" in a sentence
  • "And so in the middle of this piece you will hear what we call the interlude, brackets Lament."
  • "Apart from the one term interlude of the second Labour government 1957-60, the New Zealand National Party was to govern until 1972 when the third Labour government was elected under Norman Kirk, elected to office on the same day that Gough Whitlam created Australian history by ending 23 years of Coalition government."
  • "The Bears front seven recording dual sacks upon Alex Smith, though struggled in interlude a run, giving up 104 yards rushing to Frank Gore."