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The piece was first performed as an entr’acte between two acts of an opera.
  a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony or opera
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In Italian, this would be called an intermezzo.
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  • The piece was first performed as an entr’acte between two acts of an opera.
  • During the whole of that entr’acte Kuragin stood with Dolokhov in front of the orchestra partition, looking at the Rostovs’ box.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This is one of the fatal phases, at once act and entr’acte of that drama whose pivot is a social condemnation, and whose veritable title is Progress.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Vronsky, seeing his cousin from his stall in the front row, did not wait till the entr’acte, but went to her box.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • On the part of the audience there was the feeling of impatience gratified which one experiences at the theatre at the end of the last entr’acte of the comedy, when the curtain rises and the conclusion is about to begin.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The managers left the box during the entr’acte to find out more about the cabal of which the stage-manager had spoken; but they soon returned to their seats, shrugging their shoulders and treating the whole affair as silly.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • A short pause ensued, and as a sort of entr’acte Henery turned and blew out the lanterns, which the increase of daylight rendered no longer necessary even in the malthouse, with its one pane of glass.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Entr’acte.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lord Grenville took a hasty farewell of the ladies and slipped back into his box, where M. Chauvelin had sat through this ENTR’ACTE, with his eternal snuff-box in his hand, and with his keen pale eyes intently fixed upon a box opposite him, where, with much frou-frou of silken skirts, much laughter and general stir of curiosity amongst the audience, Marguerite Blakeney had just entered, accompanied by her husband, and looking divinely pretty beneath the wealth of her golden, reddish…
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • So that when the bell rang to indicate the close of the entr’acte, there was a certain mock-heroism in his saying, with his brilliant smile, "Well, then, put me through; push me in!
    Henry James  --  The American

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  • "They" were obviously the managers, who had given orders, during the last entr’acte, that they were not to be disturbed on any pretext whatever.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • CHAPTER X. During the entr’acte a whiff of cold air came into Helene’s box, the door opened, and Anatole entered, stooping and trying not to brush against anyone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In the entr’acte Levin and Pestsov fell into an argument upon the merits and defects of music of the Wagner school.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Come to me in the next _entr’acte.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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Associated words [difficulty]:   entr’acte , sobriquet [7] , chanson [9] , entente [9] , intermezzo [9]
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