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bagatelle

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noun bag·a·telle \ˌba-gə-ˈtel\

Definition of bagatelle

  1. 1 :  trifle 1

  2. 2 :  any of various games involving the rolling of balls into scoring areas

  3. 3 :  a short literary or musical piece in light style



Examples of bagatelle in a sentence

  1. <the question of who will pick up the coffee is a mere bagatelle in the overall planning of the conference>



Origin and Etymology of bagatelle

French, from Italian bagattella


First Known Use: 1633



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