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1. An unimportant or insignificant thing; a trifle.
2. A short, light piece of verse or music.
3. A game played on an oblong table with a cue and nine balls.
[French, from Italian bagatella, diminutive of dialectal bagata, little property, possibly from Latin bāca, berry.]
1. something of little value or significance; trifle
2. (Games, other than specified) a board game in which balls are struck into holes, with pins as obstacles; pinball
3. (Billiards & Snooker) another name for bar billiards
4. (Classical Music) a short light piece of music, esp for piano
[C17: from French, from Italian bagattella, from (dialect) bagatta a little possession, from baga a possession, probably from Latin bāca berry]
1. something of little value or importance; a trifle.
2. a game similar to billiards played on a board with holes on one end.
3. a short and light musical composition.
[1630–40; < French < Upper Italian bagat(t)ella, derivative of bagatta small possession]
bagatelle- From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle."
See also related terms for trifle.
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|Noun||1.||bagatelle - a light piece of music for piano|
|2.||bagatelle - something of little value or significance|
|3.||bagatelle - a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over|
table game - a game that is played on a table
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(liter: = trifle) → Bagatelle f
(= game) → Tivoli nt