One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A minor entertainment or diversion.‘as a Sunday divertissement Wittgenstein would play Schubert quartets’
entertainment, amusement, recreation, pastime, game, hobbyView synonyms
- ‘In contrast to Tailleferre's lightweight divertissement of a quartet, Durey's is concentrated, serious and powerful.’
- ‘The negligence of religion by scientists has made the science a tool of the lust for power or a mere divertissement.’
- ‘Okay, I'll admit, Norwich entertained me on that little divertissement.’
- ‘If the divertissement and the etiquette were excellent derivatives, Church music had also its role to maintain.’
- ‘It's all on display for our divertissement in Twentieth Century Eightball.’
- ‘The second program was the two-act The Two Pigeons - not seen in New York since 1963-and various other Ashton divertissements.’
- ‘Finally we had divertissements from Napoli, a rarely-seen ballet here.’
- ‘Ultimately, however, this modest divertissement is all about Busch.’
- ‘It looked magnificent and was a suitable backdrop for the divertissements of the wedding celebrations.’
- ‘The delightful tableau featured on Friday's front page, showing a pair of young ladies in the throws of an evening's divertissement, was a work of art.’
- ‘That is, have we all been carried away by a desire for some kind of entertaining political divertissement?’
- ‘But brevity is the soul of wit, and Lemoine's well-crafted divertissements have enchanted theatregoers for the past 22 years.’
- ‘However, one can't really call this great drama, but a divertissement.’
- ‘There is an episode with everyone in beaky white masks that I didn't quite follow, and a jazz-dance divertissement.’
- 1.1Ballet A short dance within a ballet that displays a dancer's technical skill without advancing the plot or character development.
- ‘A new, charming pas de cinq opened the Act III divertissements, set to a passage of Tchaikovsky music that Petipa never used.’
- ‘The Tarantella was originally not part of the Grand Pas de Deux, it was intended as a divertissement or National Dance in Act One.’
- ‘The existing Bournonville repertory ranges from full-scale story ballets to divertissements and small showpieces.’
- ‘A pleasing divertissement in classical style ended the program on a lighter note.’
- ‘Comparing them and their comrades to booted divertissement dancers in nineteenth-century ballet is out of the question.’
Early 18th century (specifically denoting a short ballet): French, from divertiss-, stem of divertir, from Latin divertere ‘turn in separate ways’.
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