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interlude (n.)

formerly also enterlude, c. 1300, from Old French entrelude and directly from Medieval Latin interludium "an interlude," from Latin inter "between" (see inter-) + ludus "a play" (see ludicrous). Originally the term for farcical episodes ("generally short and coarse" - Century Dictionary) drawn from real life introduced between acts of long mystery or morality plays. In 17c.-18c. it meant "popular stage play;" transferred (non-dramatic) sense of "interval in the course of some action" is from 1751. Related: Interludial.

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Definitions of interlude
1
interlude (n.)
an intervening period or episode;
interlude (n.)
a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance;
Synonyms: intermezzo / entr'acte
2
interlude (v.)
perform an interlude;
The guitar player interluded with a beautiful improvisation
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