Definition of bagatelle
1 : trifle 1
2 : any of various games involving the rolling of balls into scoring areas
3 : a short literary or musical piece in light style
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
Recent Examples of bagatelle from the Web
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.
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Origin and Etymology of bagatelle
French, from Italian bagattella
First Known Use: 1633See Words from the same year
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