di·​ver·​ti·​men·​to di-ˌvər-tə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce divertimento (audio)
plural divertimenti di-ˌvər-tə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tē How to pronounce divertimento (audio)
or divertimentos
: an instrumental chamber work in several movements usually light in character

Examples of divertimento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On this Saturday morning, the program was a divertimento, a concerto, and a symphony. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 30 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Italian, literally, diversion, from divertire to divert, amuse, from Latin divertere

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of divertimento was in 1823

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“Divertimento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divertimento. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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