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’
    • ‘It is also important to leave time for discussion during the activity, through the use of predetermined or spontaneous pauses or intermissions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may wish to request a period of intermission from your course if you become ill and are unable to undertake your course.’
    • ‘Your intermission will not be approved until this has been done.’
    • ‘If you are a candidate for a doctoral degree or masters by research, you may apply for an intermission of studies.’
    • ‘There were no regular time schedules for classes and no intermissions between them.’
    • ‘Typically, approximately ten intermissions are produced each cycle having a duration of approximately 0.8 m seconds.’
    • ‘During the intermission you are considered to be a student of the university for the period of the intermission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vacation literally means an intermission, a period of rest, a break from routine, a time for recreation or a pause from work.’
    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.
      • ‘In the intermission of the premiere, the guests looked distinctly sheepish.’
      • ‘Remember how long movies used to have intermissions?’
      • ‘There in Germany, they still had intermissions for movies.’
      • ‘Yet should one recommend a play for its intermission?’
      • ‘Either it's an instant hit with playgoers or it leaves them scratching their head during intermission.’
      • ‘Sam could only guess the auditorium was packed, judging by the noise during intermissions.’
      • ‘During the intermission we both left the studio theatre for a jar and a smoke.’
      • ‘Grab your food and drink during commercials and leave your bathroom visits for intermissions or halftimes.’
      • ‘A show is structured differently from a film, with an intermission planned in the middle.’
      • ‘At the intermission I asked my mum how she enjoyed it.’
      • ‘Refreshments will be available before and after the concert, and during intermission.’
      • ‘First onstage following the intermission was a single dancer wearing a flight attendant's uniform.’
      • ‘During intermission, Michael and Ashley visited the backstage area, where the musicians rested until the finale of the concert.’
      • ‘I am not quite sure what was Rose's dilemma; mine was whether or not to leave at intermission.’
      • ‘Usually the films are shown in Indian cinemas with a lengthy intermission between the two parts.’
      • ‘Then, after the intermission, the curtain parted and The Band appeared.’
      • ‘I only did that with 3 or 4 minutes left to go in the intermission.’
      • ‘And then, after the intermission, the puppets take the stage.’
      • ‘At the intermission, Murai came backstage and toweled off his glistening face.’
      • ‘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.’
      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/