AskDefine | Define interlude

Dictionary Definition



1 an intervening period or episode
2 a brief show (music or dance etc) performed between the sections of another performance [syn: intermezzo, entr'acte] v : perform an interlude; "The guitar player interluded with a beautiful improvisation"

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  1. An intervening episode etc
  2. An entertainment between the acts of a play
  3. A short piece put between the parts of a longer composition.


An intervening episode etc
An entertainment between the acts of a play
A short piece put between the parts of a longer composition

Extensive Definition

An interlude ("between play") is:
  • In music/theatre, as a separate creation/movement (see also overview of the different meanings of interlude in the Entr'acte article):
  • In music, as part of a single movement:
    • a section in a movement of a musical piece, see: Bridge or Break.
  • General:
    • a period of time between or interrupting a larger one.
Interlude can refer to:
Other music:
interlude in German: Zwischenspiel
interlude in French: Interlude
interlude in Dutch: Interlude
interlude in Japanese: インタールード
interlude in Polish: Interludium
interlude in Ukrainian: Антракт
interlude in Chinese: 過場

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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