What does the word interlude mean?

Usage examples for interlude

  1. He had no mind to have his work of months marred and his driver distracted by an interlude of useless sentimentality; the temptation to congratulate Corrie upon his freedom from an unsuitable marriage was almost too strong. – From the Car Behind by Eleanor M. Ingram
  2. The story of the outlaw confessing to the trembling monk how, besides other crimes, he had once pushed into the Rhine a priest who had just heard his confession, and how the wife of the assassin comforted Suso when he was about to drop down from sheer fright, forms a quaint interlude in the saint's memoirs. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  3. I'll tell you another thing, Mary, said George, after a match- scratching- and- puffing interlude, I'll tell you another thing, my dear. – Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories by Kathleen Norris