- A break in between your morning and afternoon work is an example of an interlude.
- An intermission between two acts of a play is an example of an interlude.
The definition of an interlude is a pause in something, such as a play, or is an intervening period of time in between two other things.
- Historical a short, humorous play presented between the parts of a miracle play or morality play
- a short play of a sort popular in the Tudor period, either farcical or moralistic in tone and with a plot typically derived from French farce or the morality play
- any performance between the acts of a play
- instrumental music played between the parts of a song, liturgy, play, etc.
- anything that fills time between two events
- intervening time or, rarely, space
Origin of interludeMiddle English enterlude from Old French entrelude from Medieval Latin interludium from Classical Latin inter, between + ludus, play: see ludicrous
- An intervening episode, feature, or period of time: “Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” ( William Safire )
- a. A short farcical entertainment performed between the acts of a medieval mystery or morality play.b. A 16th-century genre of comedy derived from this.c. An entertainment between the acts of a play.
- Music A short piece inserted between the parts of a longer composition.
Origin of interludeMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present interludes, present participle interluding, simple past and past participle interluded)
- To provide with an interlude.