- 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