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interlude

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪn.tə.luːd/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/
a short period when a situation or activity is different from what comes before and after it: Except for a brief Christian interlude at the beginning of the 11th century, Istanbul has been a Muslim city for almost 1,300 years. The musical interludes don't really fit in with the rest of the play.
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