- a public ball or dance with music and often in masquerade, popular in the 18th century.
Origin of ridotto
1715–25; < Italian: retreat, resort; see redoubt
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Examples from the Web for ridotto
I also met the sensible Lady Helen Windsor at the Ridotto, who had obviously come to the same conclusion as McAlpine.Venice by Foot
Bettina Von Hase
June 10, 2009
Bettina von Hase reports from the Ridotto, where Casanova once roamed.
The Ridotto was the first gambling locale in Europe, for hundreds of years a symbol of Venetian decadence.
I'd be marked at the first ridotto or masquerade I showed my face in.Madame Flirt
Charles E. Pearce
I had danced with my lover at the ridotto on the preceding evening, and there perhaps our eyes betrayed us.The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I
He is coming to the Ridotto Room to-day, as he hopes to find you there.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He would sometimes return early from assembly, rout, or ridotto to pay a visit to Mr. Ripple.The Passionate Elopement
- 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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