Definition of Bagatelle

1. Noun. A light piece of music for piano.

2. Noun. Something of little value or significance.
Exact synonyms: Fluff, Frippery, Frivolity
Generic synonyms: Small Beer, Trifle, Trivia, Triviality

3. Noun. A table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over.

Definition of Bagatelle

1. n. A trifle; a thing of no importance.

Definition of Bagatelle

1. Noun. A trifle; an unsubstantial thing. ¹

2. Noun. A short piece of literature or of instrumental music, typically light or playful in character. ¹

3. Noun. A game similar to billiards played on an oblong table with pockets or arches at one end only. ¹

4. Noun. Any of several smaller, wooden table top games developed from the original bagatelle in which the pockets are made of pins; also called pin bagatelle, hit-a-pin bagatelle, jaw ball. ¹

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Definition of Bagatelle

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bagatelle

bag of wind
bag of words
bag out
bag valve mask
bag valve masks
bagatelle (current term)
baggage car
baggage carousel
baggage check
baggage claim

Literary usage of Bagatelle

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1. A Vers de Société Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1907)
"A bagatelle WH Bellamy. You call it that, the flower you fling Lightly aside, ... A bagatelle! Ah, Mistress Prue, So gaily laughing all life through, ..."

2. The American Rose Annual by American Rose Society (1920)
"The bagatelle New Rose Trials Translated by MLLE. ... This interesting account of the trials at the wonderful bagatelle Rose-Gardens near Paris was written ..."

3. Hoyle's Games: Containing the Rules for Playing Fashionable Games, with by Edmond Hoyle (1887)
"bagatelle GAMES. THE following games are played on a board, ... (La bagatelle and Sans Egal.) There is also a bridge with small arches, likewise num- oered ..."

4. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1780)
"... things when real are apt to do, may, on the other hand, even lull them to deep when they are on the mail, top. let bagatelle. ..."

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