divertimento

divertimento

[dih-vur-tuh-men-toh; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-taw]
noun, plural divertimentos, divertimenti [dih-vur-tuh-men-tee; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-tee] . Music.
an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.
Also called divertissement.


Origin:
1750–60; < Italian, equivalent to diverti(re) to divert + -mento -ment

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divertimento (dɪˌvɜːtɪˈmɛntəʊ)
 
n , pl -ti
1.  a piece of entertaining music in several movements, often scored for a mixed ensemble and having no fixed form
2.  an episode in a fugue
 
[C18: from Italian]

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