Definition of divertissement in English:


Syllabification: di·ver·tisse·ment
Pronunciation: /diˈvərtismənt


  • 1A minor entertainment or diversion: as a Sunday divertissement Wittgenstein would play Schubert quartets
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    • That is, have we all been carried away by a desire for some kind of entertaining political divertissement?
    • But brevity is the soul of wit, and Lemoine's well-crafted divertissements have enchanted theatregoers for the past 22 years.
    • Okay, I'll admit, Norwich entertained me on that little divertissement.
  • 1.1 Ballet A short dance within a ballet that displays a dancer’s technical skill without advancing the plot or character development.
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    • Comparing them and their comrades to booted divertissement dancers in nineteenth-century ballet is out of the question.
    • The Tarantella was originally not part of the Grand Pas de Deux, it was intended as a divertissement or National Dance in Act One.
    • A new, charming pas de cinq opened the Act III divertissements, set to a passage of Tchaikovsky music that Petipa never used.


early 18th century (specifically denoting a short ballet): French, from divertiss-, stem of divertir, from Latin divertere 'turn in separate ways'.

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