bag·​a·​telle | \ ˌba-gə-ˈtel How to pronounce bagatelle (audio) \

Definition of bagatelle

2 : any of various games involving the rolling of balls into scoring areas
3 : a short literary or musical piece in light style

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Examples of bagatelle in a Sentence

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

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Lewis kept the scope of emotion in the first bagatelle more along the lines of concerned. Peter Dobrin,, "Paul Lewis closes Philadelphia Chamber Music Society piano series," 11 May 2018 As far as performance marathons go, the 10 hours of John Zorn’s bagatelles on Saturday at National Sawdust in Brooklyn may not have been the most sprawling. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A John Zorn Weekend — 10-Hour Marathon Concert Included," 24 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of bagatelle

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bagatelle

French, from Italian bagattella

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to take the place or position of

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