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divertissement

[dih-vur-tis-muh nt; French dee-ver-tees-mahn] /dɪˈvɜr tɪs mənt; French di vɛr tisˈmɑ̃/
noun, plural divertissements
[dih-vur-tis-muh nts; French dee-ver-tees-mahn] /dɪˈvɜr tɪs mənts; French di vɛr tisˈmɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
a diversion or entertainment.
2.
Music. divertimento.
3.
a short ballet or other performance serving as an interlude in a play, opera, etc.
4.
a program consisting of such performances.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French, equivalent to divertisse- (stem of divertir to divert) + -ment -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for divertissement

divertissement

/dɪˈvɜːtɪsmənt; French divɛrtismɑ̃/
noun
1.
a brief entertainment or diversion, usually between the acts of a play
2.
(music)
  1. a fantasia on popular melodies; potpourri
  2. a piece or pieces written to be played during the intervals in a play, opera, etc
  3. another word for divertimento
Word Origin
C18: from French: entertainment
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