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noun, plural ri·dot·tos.
  1. a public ball or dance with music and often in masquerade, popular in the 18th century.
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Origin of ridotto

1715–25; < Italian: retreat, resort; see redoubt
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noun plural -tos
  1. an entertainment with music and dancing, often in masquerade: popular in 18th-century England
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian: retreat, from Latin reductus, from redūcere to lead back
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