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divertimento

[dih-vur-tuh-men-toh; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-taw]
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noun, plural di·ver·ti·men·tos, di·ver·ti·men·ti [dih-vur-tuh-men-tee Italian dee-ver-tee-men-tee] /dɪˌvɜr təˈmɛn ti Italian diˌvɛr tiˈmɛn ti/. Music.
  1. an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.

Origin of divertimento

1750–60; < Italian, equivalent to diverti(re) to divert + -mento -ment
Also called divertissement.
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Examples from the Web for divertimento

Historical Examples

  • Some time after midnight we felt that we had had enough of divertimento.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds

  • Divertimento for violin, viola, and violoncello, in E flat major (563 K.).

  • In August, 1879, the composer added a sixth movement, Divertimento.

  • I chose the title of Divertimento for the second movement of my Suite, because it was the first which occurred to me.

  • Probably the divertimento composed in July, 1776 (251 K.) was also intended for his sister's fte-day.


British Dictionary definitions for divertimento

divertimento

noun plural -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

Word Origin

C18: from Italian
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