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 (də-vûr′tĭs-mənt, dē-vĕr-tēs-mäN′)
1. A short performance, typically a ballet, that is presented as an interlude in an opera, play, or other entertainment.
2. Music See divertimento.
3. A diversion; an amusement.

[French, from divertir, to divert, from Old French; see divert.]


(dɪˈvɜːtɪsmənt; French divɛrtismɑ̃)
1. (Theatre) a brief entertainment or diversion, usually between the acts of a play
2. (Music, other) music
a. a fantasia on popular melodies; potpourri
b. a piece or pieces written to be played during the intervals in a play, opera, etc
c. another word for divertimento
[C18: from French: entertainment]


(dɪˈvɜr tɪs mənt; Fr. di vɛr tisˈmɑ̃)

n., pl. -ments (-mənts; Fr. -ˈmɑ̃)
1. a diversion or entertainment.
3. a short ballet or other performance serving as an interlude in a play, opera, etc.
[1720–30; < French divertisse-, s. of divertir to divert]


1. Originally a danced interlude in an opera, a selfcontained series of dances inserted in the main ballet, such as when the main characters sit to watch an entertainment, usually designed to show off technique.
2. A fantasia on well-known tunes.
References in classic literature ?
The baiting of the blacks was Tarzan's chief divertissement.
One of Tarzan's chief divertissements was the baiting of the blacks.
Les ingredients du menu du Ramadan consistent en: sitcoms, series, films, grands moments de divertissement, de culture.
Le programme comprenait aussi dans cette voie un divertissement notamment dans le second morceau : Serenade pour cordes (Mozart).
Cette manifestation culturelle sera marquee par la signature d'une convention de cooperation et de partenariat entre les deux villes jumelees pour la realisation d'un projet de reconversion du depot communal en un grand espace de divertissement dedie aux habitants d'Oujda, a-t-il souligne.
Le Festival visait a stimuler le tourisme interieur en jetant la lumiere sur les sites touristiques antiques, religieux et de divertissement.
VENUE: St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield IN A delightful divertissement from their usual chamber music, Huddersfield Music Society presented three glorious post-graduate students from the Royal Northern College of Music who obviously have bright futures.
He finally recognises that she is just a doll and returns to Swanhilda, after which the sparkling grand divertissement sees everyone reconciled.
As with Christie's recording, BEMF's provides extra material, including the cantata Orphee defendant aux enfers and a divertissement intended for the play La Pierre.
Notre hote pour la soiree sera Chefs et Chef - une compagnie de « divertissement culinaire » qui vous servira des plats typiques qui forment la mosaique culturelle de Montreal.
Ibert tended to quote the works of other composers and Divertissement comprises music from the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nocturne (of the Night), The Valse (Waltz) and Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz of 1867.
While the divertissement is colourful and performed well, none of the scenarios had that wow factor about them.