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Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An entertaining diversion
  • n. A short ballet within a larger work, usually providing a break from the main plot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short ballet, or other entertainment, between the acts of a play.

Etymologies

French, from divertir, to divert, from Old French; see divert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The divertissement is a happy coda to the drama, and a standard device of 19th-century classical ballet.

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  • 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.

    Joan Z. Shore: Trial and (T)error

  • It always makes trouble, and it is a very expensive divertissement.

    THE JOKERS OF NEW GIBBON

  • 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.

    Further Pavlova

  • Some directorial conceits—such as introducing characters playing a visiting dance troupe to give meaning to the closing act's traditional divertissement—are something of a stretch, but they don't derail the ballet's narrative.

    Neapolitan Sunshine Brightens Danish Gloom

  • The quartet complies fully with that aeronautic directive during the second act, in a divertissement billed ominously as the Wheel of Death.

    A Family Wired For Thrills

  • The marketplace scene, with its bustling environment, would have seemed a natural opportunity to present acrobatic acts and the like in a ballet divertissement tradition, but only random, brief examples occurred.

    From Controversial Epic to a Generic Flower

  • The sport, which was dreamed up in the '30s as a Depression divertissement, regularly has booms and busts.

    Ladies' Choice: To Be A 'Doll On Wheels'

  • Pascal concluded that divertissement, or diversion, had become the chief role of popular culture.

    Embracing the New: Avoiding a Routinized Life

  • The dramaturgy of the opera is fairly static, and everyone stood and sang; only a pair of dancers (Yvette Tucker and Seth Belliston), interpreting a lengthy divertissement about a pair of doves who marry, did much moving around.

    A Perplexing 'Walküre'

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    April 1, 2008