Word of the Week 1-2-2018

bagatelle

noun


Definition

1. something of little value or importance; a trifle.

2. a game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue.

3. pinball.

4. a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano.


Examples

My horse was an excellent roadster; and I was expecting to do the fifty miles–a mere bagatelle to a South American steed–before sunset.  – Mayne Reid, The Finger of Fate1872


Origin

Bagatelle came to English from French, from Upper Italian bagat(t)ella, equivalent to bagatt(a) “small possession.” It entered English in the 1630s.


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