Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house or hall of public entertainment.
- n. A company of persons met together for amusement; a social assembly.
- n. A public entertainment devoted to music and dancing; a dancing-party, often in masquerade.
- n. In music, an arrangement or reduction of a piece from the full score.
- To frequent or hold ridottos.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A favorite Italian public entertainment, consisting of music and dancing, -- held generally on fast eves.
- n. (Music) An arrangement or abridgment of a piece from the full score.
- v. rare To hold ridottos.
- Italian ridotto ("foyer"). (Wiktionary)
“There was what they called a ridotto el fresco at Vauxhall, (1066) for which one paid half-a-guinea, though, except some thousand more lamps and a covered passage all round the garden, which took off from the gardenhood, there was nothing better than on a common night.”
“No theatre to-night," she said to me; "let us go to the 'ridotto', to lose or double our money.”
“After I had taken care of all the gold she had won, I gave her my arm, and we left the 'ridotto', but remarking that a few inquisitive persons were following us, I took a gondola which landed us according to my instructions.”
“At the end of the year 1774 the Great Council promulgated a law forbidding all games of chance, the first effect of which was to close the 'ridotto'.”
“I was in a perspiration, and the weather was cold; I threw myself into a gondola, and in order not to get chilled I landed at the 'ridotto'.”
“ridotto', which at that time was opened on St. St.phen's Day.”
“ridotto', where she amused herself by looking at all the ladies of the nobility who alone had the right to walk about without masks.”
“In 1585 Lassus was again in Italy; the dedication of his volume of five-part madrigals printed in Nuremberg in that year 1585c, reissued in Venice in 1587 as the Libro quinto is to the great Veronese patron Mario Bevilacqua, whose ridotto the composer may have visited in 1582.”
“Mme. de Bargeton went to a ridotto given to the town by a regiment, and fell in love with an officer of a good family, a sub-lieutenant, to whom the crafty Napoleon had given a glimpse of the baton of a Marshal of France.”
“The word “ridotto” is properly what we once signified by the word “reduit,” intrenchment; but “reduit” having sunk into a term of contempt among us, our editors translated”
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