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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Definitions for bagatelle

  1. A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
  2. A short, light musical or literary piece.
  3. A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.

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Citations for bagatelle
Don't worry about that, a mere bagatelle, old boy! Eric Ellis, Time
You know how it often happens; these strifes and disputes frequently originate from a mere bagatelle. Alessandro Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi
Origin of bagatelle
1630-1640
Bagatelle derives from Italian bagattella, "a trifling matter; a bagatelle," perhaps ultimately from Latin baca, "a berry."