Definition of entr'acte in English:

entr'acte

noun

  • 1An interval between two acts of a play or opera.

    • ‘If we bear in mind that the entr'acte takes place whilst Zdenka and Matteo are making love for the first time, then the concept behind Mussbach's production starts to fall into place.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music or a dance performed during an interval.
      • ‘The stage size needed to increase in order to accommodate the afterpieces, pantomimes, entr'acte songs and dances that had been added to the nightly bill to further attract larger audiences.’
      • ‘The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer is very fine indeed and comes complete with overture, intermission, entr'acte, and exit music.’
      • ‘This was opera on the grand scale: historical drama, sumptuous costumes, complex stage machinery, a huge cast, dazzling solo parts, and ballet in the entr'acte.’
      • ‘Her songs would work better as entr'acte and transitional music.’
      • ‘He also uses cute puppet scenes as an entr'acte device to advance the plot.’
      • ‘Columbia is also given high marks for acceding to Lean's original wishes that the overture, entr'acte, and exit music be presented with nothing but a blank screen.’
      • ‘He asked Mendelssohn to provide songs, entr'actes and brief orchestral episodes for insertion at appropriate points in the play.’
      • ‘The second entr'acte in Humanità is a particular lovely adagio.’
      • ‘The most cherishable of Jay's recordings are two-disc sets which permit inclusion of virtually every bit of the show's score, as well as snippets of dialogue, overtures, entr'actes, incidental music, and underscoring.’
      • ‘Kleiber even goes so far as to move the last act's entr'acte right into the middle of the choruses which open that act, providing the flamenco dancers with another opportunity to strut their stuff.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: French, from (earlier form of entracte), from entre between + acte act.

Pronunciation:

entr'acte

/ˈɒntrakt/