interlude

/ˈɪntəlud / (say 'intuhloohd)

noun
1. an intervening episode, period, space, etc.
2. a form of short dramatic piece, especially of a light or farcical character, formerly introduced between the parts of miracle plays and moralities or given as part of other entertainments.
3. one of the early English farces or comedies (such as those by John Heywood) which grew out of such pieces.
4. an intermediate performance or entertainment, as between the acts of a play.
5. an instrumental passage or a piece of music rendered between the parts of a song, church service, drama, etc.
6. a period of inactivity; lull.
{Middle English, from Medieval Latin interlūdium, from inter- inter- + -lūdium, from Latin lūdus play}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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