entr'acte

In theater, an entr'acte is a pause between sections of a play. You can also call an entr'acte an intermission — and it's a good time to stretch your legs or check your text messages.

This theatrical word comes from the French entre, "between," and acte, "act," giving it the literal meaning "between the acts." It works as a synonym for "intermission," or the Italian "intermezzo," but it's also used for the music that's played during an intermission or scene change. In musical theatre, an entr'acte works as a melodic introduction or overture for the next act.

Definitions of entr'acte
  1. noun
    the interlude between two acts of a play
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    type of:
    interlude
    an intervening period or episode
  2. noun
    a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
    synonyms: interlude, intermezzo
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    type of:
    show
    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
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