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divertimento

[dih-vur-tuh-men-toh; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-taw] /dɪˌvɜr təˈmɛn toʊ; Italian diˌvɛr tiˈmɛn tɔ/
noun, plural divertimentos, divertimenti
[dih-vur-tuh-men-tee; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-tee] /dɪˌvɜr təˈmɛn ti; Italian diˌvɛr tiˈmɛn ti/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.
Also called divertissement.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Italian, equivalent to diverti(re) to divert + -mento -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for divertimento

divertimento

/dɪˌvɜːtɪˈmɛntəʊ/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
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
See also divertissement
Word Origin
C18: from Italian
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