Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The interval between two acts of a theatrical performance.
  • n. Another performance, as of music or dance, provided between two acts of a theatrical performance.
  • n. An interval likened to the one occurring between two acts of a drama.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An interval between two acts of a play or opera.
  • n. Another performance, such as a piece of music or a dance, during this.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The interval of time which occurs between the performance of any two acts of a drama.
  • n. A dance, piece of music, or interlude, performed between two acts of a drama.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The interval between two acts of a play or an opera.
  • n. Instrumental music performed during such an interval.
  • n. A light musical composition suitable for such use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
  • n. the interlude between two acts of a play

Etymologies

French : entre, between (from Latin inter; see inter-) + acte, act (from Old French; see act).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • As an entr'acte, if you will, to our series about Catholic Bamberg - which will definitely be continued - today we visit another treasure of Catholic Germany closer to my home Berlin, which I visited last Sunday: the former Cistercian Abbey of Neuzelle ( "New Cell") in the state of Brandenburg.

    Neuzelle Abbey

  • After our entr'acte visiting Neuzelle Abbey, we resume our series on Catholic Bamberg with what is its ecclesial heart: Bamberg Cathedral, seat of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Bamberg, and one of Germany's most important Imperial cathedrals.

    Catholic Bamberg: The Cathedral

  • The second act, unlike the first, is bulletproof from entr'acte to curtain calls.

    'Little Mermaid'

  • Expensive new sets were constructed and entr'acte specialists Laurence and Morton were jobbed in for the Negro dances.

    Obi in NewYork

  • The sniffling of grown men is an entr'acte, the buzz of voices as the audience re-enters the theatre for another half of the show and still the children have linked hands, fingers & fingers to wrists & wrists, and they have laid the quivering flowers upon the grave. prev & next

    unheimlich Diary Entry

  • For those three apparently tranquil decades from 1800 to 1848 have revealed themselves to be nothing but an entr'acte in the great drama.

    REVOLUTION

  • She also disappeared, in the entr'acte, to visit her husband in his dressing room, or so I read in the papers.

    The Gielgud-Burton Hamlet: Notes on a First Night

  • But Celebrities were in short supply: the only ones I can attest to personally were Lillian Hellman (who left in the entr'acte) and Otto Preminger.

    The Gielgud-Burton Hamlet: Notes on a First Night

  • _Manrico_ is being tortured, after having been taken prisoner in a combat during the _entr'acte_.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, October 29, 1892

  • Fifteen years are supposed to elapse before the curtain is again rolled up; and that this allusion may be rendered the more perfect, the audience is kept waiting about three times fifteen minutes, to amuse one another during the _entr'acte_.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 9, 1841

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