American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An intervening episode, feature, or period of time: "Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” ( William Safire).
- n. A short farcical entertainment performed between the acts of a medieval mystery or morality play.
- n. A 16th-century genre of comedy derived from this.
- n. An entertainment between the acts of a play.
- n. Music A short piece inserted between the parts of a longer composition.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In dramatic art, an intermediate entertainment; a short independent performance introduced on the stage between the parts or in the course of the main entertainment; also, any similar by-play or episode or incident occurring in other circumstances.
- n. In the early English drama, a play; particularly, a play from real life, distinguished from the mysteries and moralities. They were generally short and coarse. The first plays distinctively so called were those of John Heywood, beginning about 1521, although the name had previously been applied occasionally to dramas of any kind, and at an early date to the moralities.
- n. In music, a subordinate passage or composition inserted between the principal sections of a work or performance. Specifically— A short instrumental or vocal piece inserted between the acts of a drama or an opera; an intermezzo.
- n. An instrumental piece between successive parts of a church service.
- To insert between, as an interlude.
- To act as an interlude; come between other things.
- n. An intervening episode, etc.
- n. An entertainment between the acts of a play.
- n. music A short piece put between the parts of a longer composition.
- v. transitive To provide with an interlude.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short entertainment exhibited on the stage between the acts of a play, or between the play and the afterpiece, to relieve the tedium of waiting.
- n. A form of English drama or play, usually short, merry, and farcical, which succeeded the Moralities or Moral Plays in the transition to the romantic or Elizabethan drama.
- n. (Mus.) A short piece of instrumental music played between the parts of a song or cantata, or the acts of a drama; especially, in church music, a short passage played by the organist between the stanzas of a hymn, or in German chorals after each line.
- n. Any intervening period of time, space, etc.; a pause between phases of an activity.
- v. perform an interlude
- n. an intervening period or episode
- n. a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
- Latin ludo ("to play") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English enterlude, a dramatic entertainment, from Old French entrelude, from Medieval Latin interlūdium : Latin inter-, inter- + Latin lūdus, play; see leid- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Although I'm with you that a Cuddy interlude is not at all un-interesting, I can't believe how it came about?”
“Now, after three billion years, the Darwinian interlude is over.”
“In my opinion repeating an occasional post after a decent interlude is a good idea for a blog whose readership is increasing at a super-exponential rate as many new readers may not read through all the older entries. on March 2, 2008 at 8: 11 pm | Reply curly”
“It is mostly set to Gavin Bryars's score, which swells with high, haunting string sounds as a man talks quietly about techniques for manipulating cards; there is also a jagged interlude from the Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica.”
“Of course that format can be a bit confusing in an audio book, since there’s no clear way to indicate when an interlude is done and the story proper has begun.”
“The rising, sinister orchestral tones remind me of the slo-mo above shot of aliented vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) ’s carnage, and the jazzy interlude is the perfect soundtrack to the scummy streets of New York City, infested as they were with the lowlife scum of the Earth that Bickle so fiercely despised.”
“The only laugh earned in this exasperating interlude is by the look of absolute horror on Satine’s face when it’s revealed that Christian is in fact not the Duke, but merely a writer.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘interlude’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
we are all just passing through.
(boundaries, portals and liminal spaces/times)
With focus on non-classical styles, but not excluding terms of the latter.
The new favourite words of people on Twitter.
A script searches Twitter for "X is my new favorite word" and adds it to this list.
unfathomably, glice, cuh, fab, ciggaty, doll, thuggin, oxymoronic, pineapple, succubutt, griming, cheeky and 2369 more...
Favorite time-related words.
Words from 2009 'Whatever Works' film.
List? What list?
This is the list that makes up the world.
Words which are highly likely to be found in the work of learned writers.
Looking for tweets for interlude.