With concerts and plays the intermission often proves a bit of dilemma.
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.
But at intermission during a recent preview performance, the man next to me grumbled that he had no idea what was going on.
early 15c., from Latin intermissionem (nominative intermissio) "interruption," noun of action from past participle stem of intermittere "to leave off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission).
Intermission is used in U.S. for what we call an interval (in a musical or dramatic performance). Under the influence of LOVE OF THE LONG WORD, it is beginning to infiltrate here and should be repelled; our own word does very well. [H.W. Fowler, "Modern English Usage," 1926]