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.
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.
It always makes trouble, and it is a very expensive divertissement.
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.
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.
The quartet complies fully with that aeronautic directive during the second act, in a divertissement billed ominously as the Wheel of Death.
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.
The sport, which was dreamed up in the '30s as a Depression divertissement, regularly has booms and busts.
Pascal concluded that divertissement, or diversion, had become the chief role of popular culture.
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.