Definition of intermission in English:

intermission

noun

  • 1A pause or break.

    ‘he was granted an intermission in his studies’
    mass noun ‘the daily work goes on without intermission’
    • ‘Typically, approximately ten intermissions are produced each cycle having a duration of approximately 0.8 m seconds.’
    • ‘You may have to take an intermission for a pee break around track 10, but if you crank it loud enough (which you'll want to) you won't miss a beat.’
    • ‘If you are a candidate for a doctoral degree or masters by research, you may apply for an intermission of studies.’
    • ‘Vacation literally means an intermission, a period of rest, a break from routine, a time for recreation or a pause from work.’
    • ‘During the intermission you are considered to be a student of the university for the period of the intermission.’
    • ‘You may wish to request a period of intermission from your course if you become ill and are unable to undertake your course.’
    • ‘It is also important to leave time for discussion during the activity, through the use of predetermined or spontaneous pauses or intermissions.’
    • ‘There were no regular time schedules for classes and no intermissions between them.’
    • ‘Students studying at Monash on a student visa can only apply for an intermission if they have a medical condition or there is a serious illness in the family.’
    • ‘Your intermission will not be approved until this has been done.’
    interval, interlude, entr'acte, break, recess, pause, rest, respite, breathing space, lull, gap, stop, stoppage, halt
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    1. 1.1 An interval between parts of a play, film, or concert.
      • ‘Either it's an instant hit with playgoers or it leaves them scratching their head during intermission.’
      • ‘And then, after the intermission, the puppets take the stage.’
      • ‘A show is structured differently from a film, with an intermission planned in the middle.’
      • ‘At the intermission, Murai came backstage and toweled off his glistening face.’
      • ‘I am not quite sure what was Rose's dilemma; mine was whether or not to leave at intermission.’
      • ‘There in Germany, they still had intermissions for movies.’
      • ‘In the intermission of the premiere, the guests looked distinctly sheepish.’
      • ‘Refreshments will be available before and after the concert, and during intermission.’
      • ‘Remember how long movies used to have intermissions?’
      • ‘First onstage following the intermission was a single dancer wearing a flight attendant's uniform.’
      • ‘Sam could only guess the auditorium was packed, judging by the noise during intermissions.’
      • ‘I only did that with 3 or 4 minutes left to go in the intermission.’
      • ‘Usually the films are shown in Indian cinemas with a lengthy intermission between the two parts.’
      • ‘If one complaint can be made, it's the fact that an intermission had to be inserted smack dab in the middle of this blistering musical celebration.’
      • ‘During the intermission we both left the studio theatre for a jar and a smoke.’
      • ‘Yet should one recommend a play for its intermission?’
      • ‘During intermission, Michael and Ashley visited the backstage area, where the musicians rested until the finale of the concert.’
      • ‘At the intermission I asked my mum how she enjoyed it.’
      • ‘Grab your food and drink during commercials and leave your bathroom visits for intermissions or halftimes.’
      • ‘Then, after the intermission, the curtain parted and The Band appeared.’
      interlude, entr'acte, break, recess, pause, gap
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin intermissio(n-), from the verb intermittere (see intermit).

Pronunciation

intermission

/ɪntəˈmɪʃ(ə)n/