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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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.
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"I tell you all this," continued La Fontaine, "because you are preparing a divertissement for Vaux, are you not?"
Well, I was thinking a prologue would admirably suit your divertissement ."
divertissement is called the 'Facheux?' Well, can you make heureux rhyme with facheux?
The baiting of the blacks was Tarzan's chief divertissement.
One of Tarzan's chief divertissements was the baiting of the blacks.
Allowing Terpsichore to take the reins from Melpomene and Thalie, Harris-Warrick, in the final chapters of the book, brings new evidence to bear on the transition of dance from opera divertissement to the autonomous ballet pantomime of the 1720s.
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RetapUu[c] Uu neuf avec une sUu[c]curitUu[c] renforcUu[c]e, cet espace de divertissement offre beaucoup de jeux et de manUuA ges aux enfants.
"Since their inception, the Swiss Days participated in ensuring the diffusion, in this country, of Switzerland's best culture of divertissement and we are therefore very proud to have been able to support this journey from its very beginning," said Maya Tissafi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Arab Emirates.
Selon la patronne de la HACA, ce Kit pedagogique comprend un referentiel normatif, conceptuel et methodologique accompagne de fascicules thematiques notamment sur le traitement de l'information, de la fiction et du divertissement.
The great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was obligated to add a ballet divertissement to all his operas when performed in Paris.