divertissements

divertissement

[dih-vur-tis-muhnt; French dee-ver-tees-mahn]
noun, plural divertissements [dih-vur-tis-muhnts; French dee-ver-tees-mahn] .
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:
1720–30; < French, equivalent to divertisse- (stem of divertir to divert) + -ment -ment

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

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