- 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.
- 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.
interlude definition by Webster's New World
- a short, humorous play formerly 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: Middle English enterlude ; from Old French entrelude ; from Midieval Latin interludium ; from Classical Latin inter, between plush ludus, play: see ludicrous
interlude definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: 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.