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Definition of "divertissement" [di•ver•tisse•ment]

  • A short performance, typically a ballet, that is presented as an interlude in an opera or play. (noun)
  • Music See divertimento. (noun)
  • A diversion; an amusement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "divertissement" in a sentence
  • "The divertissement is a happy coda to the drama, and a standard device of 19th-century classical ballet."
  • "Let's remember the facts as we watch this play out: Osama bin Laden is still at large, Iraq has been devastated, and our government is treating us to a little "divertissement" with some monkey trials."
  • "In the divertissement of The Dying Swan Madame Pavlova was again in white, but she invested its neutrality with a completely new expression — that of tragedy."