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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 ?
One of Tarzan's chief divertissements was the baiting of the blacks.
The baiting of the blacks was Tarzan's chief divertissement.
Nouveaux divertissements Autres temps, autres m&oelig;urs.
Organisee par l'Association [beaucoup moins que]Al Adwatein[beaucoup plus grand que] sous le haut patronage de SM le Roi Mohammed VI du 10 au 13 avril 2014, cette brillante manifestation a attire un grand public qui a assiste a un magnifique programme de divertissements bien ficeles par differentes prestations des enfants des ecoles de musique et d'arts choregraphiques qui sont venues de plusieurs villes du Maroc et les enfants des pays amis notamment des enfants saoudiens, roumains, indonesiens et russes.
I don't think much of the original 19th-century divertissements remain intact, so most of the choreography for Act II comes from the 20th century, which most certainly does not give us an excuse to claim these dances as 'original ballet culture.
In this year's performance, the students of the School present Peter and the Wolf, choreographed by Carole Alexis to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, and divertissements, while the professional dancers of Ballet des Ameriques present pieces from the repertoire of the Company.
Well, here he makes amends with The Nutcracker - symphonic and wellpaced in the narrative Act One, gorgeously poised and rhythmic in the Act Two divertissements.
Central to the evening was a series of divertissements in which the company pulled out all the stops for a series of breath-taking pas de deux.
The melodies are tuneful, the numerous divertissements charming, the harmonies rich and the drama, at least by contemporary standards, polite.
Fourteen students from the Tokomu Temma Ballet School in Osaka will present a public Gala performance featuring Pas des Six, Swan Lake and divertissements from other classical ballets at the Grand Theatre in Swansea on August 3.
Music lovers will be treated to Satie's Sports et Divertissements in its original version for text and piano at the late-night concert on May 3.
All the offerings were all by BRB artistic director David Bintley - The Seasons and Still Life At The Penguin Caf sandwiching a four-piece divertissements - that's odds and ends to you and me.