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divertimento

[ dih-vur-tuh-men-toh; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-taw ]
/ d瑟藢v蓽r t蓹藞m蓻n to蕣; Italian di藢v蓻r ti藞m蓻n t蓴 /
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noun, plural di路ver路ti路men路tos, di路ver路ti路men路ti [dih-vur-tuh-men-tee Italian dee-ver-tee-men-tee]. /d瑟藢v蓽r t蓹藞m蓻n ti Italian di藢v蓻r ti藞m蓻n ti/. Music.
an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.
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Also called divertissement.

Origin of divertimento

1750鈥60; <Italian, equivalent to diverti(re) to divert + -mento-ment
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British Dictionary definitions for divertimento

divertimento
/ (d瑟藢v蓽藧t瑟藞m蓻nt蓹蕣) /

noun plural -ti (-t瑟)
a piece of entertaining music in several movements, often scored for a mixed ensemble and having no fixed form
an episode in a fugue

Word Origin for divertimento

C18: from Italian
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