Definition of interlude noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntəluːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntərluːd//
    Elements of a play, Showing films, Pieces of music
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  1. 1a period of time between two events during which something different happens a romantic interlude (= a short romantic relationship) Apart from a brief interlude of peace, the war lasted nine years.
  2. 2a short period of time between the parts of a play, film/movie, etc. There will now be a short interlude. See related entries: Elements of a play, Showing films
  3. 3a short piece of music or a talk, etc. that fills this period of time a musical interlude See related entries: Pieces of music
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally denoting a light dramatic entertainment): from medieval Latin interludium, from inter- ‘between’ + ludus ‘play’.Extra examples a musical interlude between two the acts of the play a peaceful interlude between periods of intense activity interludes of calm She knew that their romantic interlude would soon be drawing to a close.
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