What does interlude mean?

Definitions for interlude
ˈɪn tərˌludin·ter·lude

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word interlude.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. interludenoun

    an intervening period or episode

  2. interlude, intermezzo, entr'acteverb

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

  3. interludeverb

    perform an interlude

    "The guitar player interluded with a beautiful improvisation"


  1. Interludenoun

    Hence: Any intervening period of time, space, etc.; a pause between phases of an activity.


  1. interludenoun

    An intervening episode, etc.

  2. interludenoun

    An entertainment between the acts of a play.

  3. interludenoun

    A short piece put between the parts of a longer composition.

  4. interludeverb

    To provide with an interlude.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interludenoun

    Something plaid at the intervals of festivity; a farce.

    Etymology: inter and ludus, Latin.

    When there is a queen, and ladies of honour attending her, there must sometimes be masques, and revels, and interludes. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    The enemies of Socrates hired Aristophanes to personate him on the stage, and, by the insinuations of those interludes, conveyed a hatred of him into the people. Gov. of the Tongue.

    Dreams are but interludes, which fancy makes;
    When monarch reason sleeps, this mimick wakes. Dryden.


  1. Interlude

    Interlude is a single by Morrissey and Siouxsie Sioux released in August 1994. It was presented under the banner of "Morrissey & Siouxsie". This collaboration was included in Spin magazine's list of the top 10 "one-off team-ups" of all time. The cover is a cropped version of the photograph Girl Jiving in Southam St. by Roger Mayne, the model being Eileen Sheekey.


  1. interlude

    An interlude is a period or event that occurs between two other events or periods and serves as a pause or break. It can also refer to a short piece of music or performance inserted between the sections of a larger performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interludenoun

    a short entertainment exhibited on the stage between the acts of a play, or between the play and the afterpiece, to relieve the tedium of waiting

  2. Interludenoun

    a form of English drama or play, usually short, merry, and farcical, which succeeded the Moralities or Moral Plays in the transition to the romantic or Elizabethan drama

  3. Interludenoun

    a short piece of instrumental music played between the parts of a song or cantata, or the acts of a drama; especially, in church music, a short passage played by the organist between the stanzas of a hymn, or in German chorals after each line

  4. Etymology: [OE. enterlude, LL. interludium; LL. inter between + ludus play, fr. ludere to play: cf. F. interlude. See Ludicrous.]


  1. Interlude

    Interlude is a 1968 British drama film directed by Kevin Billington.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interlude

    in′tėr-lōōd, n. a short dramatic performance or play between the play and afterpiece, or between the acts of a play: a short piece of music played between the parts of a drama, opera, hymn, &c.—adj. Interlud′ed, inserted as an interlude: having interludes. [From L. inter, between, ludus, play.]


  1. Interlude

    Interlude is a digital media company that designs, develops and markets interactive video technology, allowing consumers to create in real-time, a unique and dynamic version of a video that is based on pre-recorded audio/video segments - a one-of-a kind version of a popular video, created from millions of unique possibilities.The Interlude technology platform utilizes audio/video footage to create a fully functional and customized end-product that can be embedded on any corporate or designated website. Interlude’s customers may either provide the footage and thus maintain full creative control or utilize Interlude’s creative/production services to generate the footage. Interlude’s products can be branded and skinned and may be integrated with a broad marketing campaign that encompasses Internet, television, mobile and radio mediums.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce interlude?

How to say interlude in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interlude in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interlude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of interlude in a Sentence

  1. Charles Caleb Colton:

    In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for interlude

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for interlude »


Find a translation for the interlude definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"interlude." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 18 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/interlude>.

Discuss these interlude definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for interlude? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    enthusiastic approval
    A refine
    B interrogate
    C jeopardize
    D acclaim

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for interlude: