Definition of entr'acte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈänˌtrakt/
Pronunciation: /ˌänˈträkt/


1An interval between two acts of a play or opera.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A piece of music or a dance performed during an entr’acte.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • He asked Mendelssohn to provide songs, entr'actes and brief orchestral episodes for insertion at appropriate points in the play.
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: en·tr'acte

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