from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chiefly 18th-century form of instrumental chamber music having several short movements. Also called divertissement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In music, a composition that has many short movements, a style that composers started to use in the Eighteenth Century.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light and pleasing composition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: A dance interpolated in an opera; an entr'acte.
- n. A piece of chamber music, made up of several movements rather loosely combined; a suite or sonata (in the older sense).
- n. A potpourri or fantasia.
- n. A free episode in a fugue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form
Italian, from divertire, to divert, from Old French divertir; see divert.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)