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



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈmɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈmɪʃn//
    [countable, uncountable] Elements of a play
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  1. 1(especially North American English) a short period of time between the parts of a play, film/movie, etc. Coffee was served during the intermission. (North American English) After intermission, the second band played. This meaning is only [U] in North American English. See related entries: Elements of a play
  2. 2a period of time during which something stops before continuing again This state of affairs lasted without intermission for a hundred years.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin intermissio(n-), from the verb intermittere, from inter- ‘between’ + mittere ‘let go’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intermission

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