divertissement

[dih-vur-tis-muh nt; French dee-ver-tees-mahn]

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

a diversion or entertainment.
Music. divertimento.
a short ballet or other performance serving as an interlude in a play, opera, etc.
a program consisting of such performances.

Nearby words

  1. diverticuloma,
  2. diverticulosis,
  3. diverticulum,
  4. divertimento,
  5. diverting,
  6. divertive,
  7. dives,
  8. divest,
  9. divestible,
  10. divestiture

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

a brief entertainment or diversion, usually between the acts of a play
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

Word Origin for divertissement

C18: from French: entertainment

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