An interlude is a brief period of time that comes in the middle of something. You might enjoy a relaxing lemonade interlude in the middle of a tough day at your road-paving job.

Any block of time that comes as a break or a respite from an activity can be called an interlude, so you could talk about a quiet interlude after a noisy birthday party, or an interlude of peace after years of war. Interlude is often used to describe the pauses between acts of a play or during an intermission. In fact, the original meaning came from the Latin interludium, which means "between a play".

Definitions of interlude

n an intervening period or episode

the interlude between two acts of a play
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

n a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance

entr'acte, intermezzo
Type of:
the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

v perform an interlude

“The guitar player interluded with a beautiful improvisation”
Type of:
give a performance (of something)

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