Amusement. The same as divertimento
, with the additional meaning of an entertainment of dances and songs inserted in an 18th-cent. stage spectacle or sometimes in a ballet or opera (as in Gounod's Faust
or Delibes's Coppélia
). The term is also applied to a suite of dances unconnected by a story. Ibert's Divertissement
is an orch. work derived from mus. for the film The Italian Straw Hat
di·ver·tisse·ment / diˈvərtismənt/ •
n. a minor entertainment or diversion: as a Sunday divertissement Wittgenstein would play Schubert quartets. ∎ Ballet a short dance within a ballet that displays a dancer's technical skill without advancing the plot or character development.