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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Definitions for bagatelle
  1. something of little value or importance; a trifle.
  2. a game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue.
  3. pinball.

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Citations for bagatelle
My horse was an excellent roadster; and I was expecting to do the fifty miles--a mere bagatelle to a South American steed--before sunset. Mayne Reid, The Finger of Fate, 1872
... the reserve price had been fixed at $1,100,000. This amount for a financial society dealing with such matters was a mere bagatelle, if the transaction could offer any advantages ... Jules Verne, Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery, translated 1883
Origin of bagatelle
Bagatelle came to English from French, from Upper Italian bagat(t)ella, equivalent to bagatt(a) “small possession.” It entered English in the 1630s.
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