• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ridotto A favorite Italian public entertainment, consisting of music and dancing, -- held generally on fast eves. "There are to be ridottos at guinea tickets."
    • Ridotto (Music) An arrangement or abridgment of a piece from the full score.
    • v. i Ridotto To hold ridottos.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ridotto A house or hall of public entertainment.
    • n ridotto A company of persons met together for amusement; a social assembly.
    • n ridotto A public entertainment devoted to music and dancing; a dancing-party, often in masquerade.
    • n ridotto In music, an arrangement or reduction of a piece from the full score.
    • ridotto To frequent or hold ridottos.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ridotto ri-dot′ō a house of public entertainment: a dancing party
    • v.i Ridotto to frequent such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. LL. reductus, a retreat. See Redoubt


In literature:

You will be proud of me at the 'Ridotto', hey?
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
DEAR BOY: This letter will, I believe, still find you at Venice in all the dissipation of masquerades, ridottos, operas, etc.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
I had danced with my lover at the ridotto on the preceding evening, and there perhaps our eyes betrayed us.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I" by Tobias Smollett
Thought slunk away like an unmasked guest at the ridotto.
"The Valley of Decision" by Edith Wharton
Ridotto will arrive immediately, colors down.
"Sunrise" by William Black
I'd be marked at the first ridotto or masquerade I showed my face in.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I went, as also to most of the ridottos, etc., etc.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
I was in a perspiration, and the weather was cold; I threw myself into a gondola, and in order not to get chilled I landed at the 'ridotto'.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It seemed but half an hour since I left the Ridotto.
"Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon