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entr'acte

[ahn-trakt, ahn-trakt; French ahn-trakt] /ɑnˈtrækt, ˈɑn trækt; French ɑ̃ˈtrakt/
noun, plural entr'actes
[ahn-trakts, ahn-trakts; French ahn-trakt] /ɑnˈtrækts, ˈɑn trækts; French ɑ̃ˈtrakt/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < French, equivalent to entre between (< Latin inter) + acte act
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British Dictionary definitions for entr'acte

entr'acte

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