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 (ŏn′trăkt′, äN-träkt′)
1. The interval between two acts of a theatrical performance.
2. Another performance, as of music or dance, provided between two acts of a theatrical performance.

[French : entre, between (from Latin inter; see inter-) + acte, act (from Old French; see act).]


(ɒnˈtrækt; French ɑ̃trakt)
1. (Theatre) an interval between two acts of a play or opera
2. (Theatre) (esp formerly) an entertainment during an interval, such as dancing between acts of an opera
[C19: French, literally: between-act]


(ɑnˈtrækt, ɑ̃-)

1. the interval between two consecutive acts of a theatrical or operatic performance.
2. a performance, as of music or dancing, given during such an interval.
3. a piece of music or the like for such performance.
[1740–50; < French, =entre between (< Latin inter) + acte act]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.entr'acte - the interlude between two acts of a play
interlude - an intervening period or episode
2.entr'acte - a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner


[ˈɒntrækt] Nintermedio m, entreacto m
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