noun, plural ridottos.
a public ball or dance with music and often in masquerade, popular in the 18th century.

1715–25; < Italian: retreat, resort; see redoubt

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ridotto (rɪˈdɒtəʊ)
n , pl -tos
an entertainment with music and dancing, often in masquerade: popular in 18th-century England
[C18: from Italian: retreat, from Latin reductus, from redūcere to lead back]

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