Definition of divertimento in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˌvərdəˈmentō/

noun (plural divertimenti /-ˈmentē/ or divertimentos)

A light and entertaining composition, typically one in the form of a suite for chamber orchestra.
Example sentences
  • A cassation is akin to a divertimento; Mozart composed a few early in his career, but it is a relatively unusual genre.
  • Like his contemporaries, Joseph Haydn wrote very early divertimentos for string quartet.
  • Prokofiev fashioned a suite of six pieces resembling a classical divertimento, but one laced with dissonances, evoking Stravinsky's Octet.


Mid 18th century (denoting a diversion or amusement): Italian, literally 'diversion'.

Words that rhyme with divertimento

cento, cinquecento, lento, memento, pimiento, portamento, Risorgimento, Sacramento, Sorrento, Trento
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