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Definition a short period with an activity different than that occurring during longer periods before or after it


music:  brief music played between longer sections of a musical work

More rarely, an interlude may not be shorter than the periods surrounding it, but may be less significant, as in "the quiet summer interlude between political conventions." Even more rarely, an interlude can specifically reference a brief theatrical or musical entertainment performed between acts of a play.
  • during a brief interlude between games on college football Saturday
  • talked during the quiet of an interlude in the bombardment
  • There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • interlude = short period
  • The song sparrow, who knows how brief and lovely life is, says, "Sweet, sweet, sweet interlude; sweet, sweet, sweet..."
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • interlude = a short period with an activity different than that occurring during longer periods before or after it
  • The song sparrow, who knows how brief and lovely life is, says, "Sweet, sweet, sweet interlude; sweet, sweet, sweet interlude."
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • I was one, sir, in this interlude;:—one Sir Topas, sir; but that's all one:—'By the Lord, fool, I am not mad;'—But do you remember?
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • The first step in the creation of the regular drama was taken by Heywood, who composed some farcical plays called Interludes.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • And, except for her brief honeymoon interlude, she had not had fun in so long.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Whoever had been with Maxon recently couldn't help but gush about their little interlude.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • When he opened his eyes, he resumed their conversation as though there had been no interlude.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Afterwards came that bloodless interlude.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Then there was an interlude of silence while the priest and his attendants moved to the second station, Christ receiving the cross.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The days were so frantic that evenings at home with Moody were strange interludes requiring nearly superhuman strength.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • For a fleeting interlude the prospect of truly nonpartisan cooperation between them appeared attainable.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A pause, and then another briefly-blinding interlude.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • During Easy's interlude in the Pacific surf, my father continued to wonder about Iggy.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • By no means a cheerless prospect, and I can hardly expect you to see it as I do—as a slender, breathless, and far too frantic interlude.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Apparently their little interlude in the Sanctuary hadn't softened her toward him as much as he had hoped.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The next few weeks were one of those rare and wonderful interludes in which almost everything made Sophia believe nothing could be better.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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