ridotto

noun
ri·​dot·​to | \ ri-ˈdä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce ridotto (audio) \
plural ridottos

Definition of ridotto

: a public entertainment consisting of music and dancing often in masquerade popular in 18th century England

First Known Use of ridotto

1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ridotto

Italian, retreat, place of entertainment, redoubt — more at redoubt

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“Ridotto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridotto. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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