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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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The managers left the box during the entr'acte to find out more about the cabal of which the stage-manager had spoken; but they soon returned to their seats, shrugging their shoulders and treating the whole affair as silly.
So that when the bell rang to indicate the close of the entr'acte, there was a certain mock-heroism in his saying, with his brilliant smile, "Well, then, put me through; push me in
It befell, however, that Miss Dora Finch, sitting near Newman in the box, discoursed brilliantly, not only during the entr'actes, but during many of the finest portions of the performance, so that Newman had really come away with an irritated sense that Madame Alboni had a thin, shrill voice, and that her musical phrase was much garnished with a laugh of the giggling order.
On the part of the audience there was the feeling of impatience gratified which one experiences at the theatre at the end of the last entr'acte of the comedy, when the curtain rises and the conclusion is about to begin.
During the whole of that entr'acte Kuragin stood with Dolokhov in front of the orchestra partition, looking at the Rostovs' box.
Vronsky, seeing his cousin from his stall in the front row, did not wait till the entr'acte, but went to her box.
But back in January, just as Legally Blonde was about to begin a five-week tryout in San Francisco, Mitchell was surprisingly cool, trying to figure out whether to keep or dump the show's Irish dance, deciding which of the Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe tunes should go into the entr'acte, and wondering how much of the climactic "Bend and Snap" number would be too much.
His Sylvia takes Delibes so seriously he even includes the Act Two Entr'acte, a musical repeat of Act One's valse lente.
The show kicked off with Schubert's Overture and Entr'acte from Rosamunde, a piece that relied heavily on percussion and wind instruments to create an up-tempo melody.
The Mussorgsky transcriptions include A Night on Bare Mountain, Entr'acte to Act IV of Khovanshchina, a Symphonic Synthesis of Boris Godunov, and Pictures at an Exhibition.
Pairs at first blush ill-matched, like turd and monstrance, Tracing their cousinage through consonants, Communed, ecstatic, through the long entr'acte.
Barber has taken to the road with the saxophone and string band Entr'acte.