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divertissement

[dih-vur-tis-muh nt; French dee-ver-tees-mahn]
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noun, plural di·ver·tisse·ments [dih-vur-tis-muh nts; French dee-ver-tees-mahn] /dɪˈvɜr tɪs mənts; French di vɛr tisˈmɑ̃/.
  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.
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Origin of divertissement

1720–30; < French, equivalent to divertisse- (stem of divertir to divert) + -ment -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for divertissement

divertissement

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
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Word Origin

C18: from French: entertainment
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