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bagatelle

[bag-uh-tel] /ˌbæg əˈtɛl/
noun
1.
something of little value or importance; a trifle.
2.
a game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue.
3.
4.
a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano.
Origin of bagatelle
1630-1640
1630-40; < French < Upper Italian bagat(t)ella, equivalent to bagatt(a) small possession (perhaps bag(a) berry (< Latin bāca; cf. bay4) + -att(a) diminutive suffix) + -ella < Latin -illa diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for bagatelle

bagatelle

/ˌbæɡəˈtɛl/
noun
1.
something of little value or significance; trifle
2.
a board game in which balls are struck into holes, with pins as obstacles; pinball
3.
another name for bar billiards
4.
a short light piece of music, esp for piano
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian bagattella, from (dialect) bagatta a little possession, from baga a possession, probably from Latin bāca berry
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Word Origin and History for bagatelle
n.

1630s, "a trifle," from French bagatelle "knick-knack, bauble, trinket" (16c.), from Italian bagatella "a trifle," diminutive of Latin baca "berry." As "a piece of light music," it is attested from 1827.

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