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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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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“Bagatelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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