Interlude
Interlude In`ter*lude, n. [OE. enterlude, LL. interludium; LL. inter between + ludus play, fr. ludere to play: cf. F. interlude. See {Ludicrous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Dreams are but interludes, which fancy makes When monarch reason sleeps. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mus.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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