bagatelle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bagatelle 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
    • n bagatelle something of little value or significance
    • n bagatelle a light piece of music for piano
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bagatelle A game played on an oblong board, having, at one end, cups or arches into or through which balls are to be driven by a rod held in the hand of the player.
    • Bagatelle A trifle; a thing of no importance. "Rich trifles, serious bagatelles ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bagatelle A trifle; a thing of no importance.
    • n bagatelle A game played on a table having at one end nine holes, into which balls are to be struck with a billiard-cue.
    • n bagatelle Specifically, in music, a short and light piece, usually for the piano.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bagatelle bag-a-tel′ a trifle: a piece of music in a light style: a game played on a board (7 feet long and 21 inches broad) with nine balls and a cue, the object being to put the balls down into as many numbered holes at the farther semicircular end of the board.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. bagatella,; cf. Prov. It. bagata, trifle, OF. bague, Pr. bagua, bundle. See Bag (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—It. bagatella, a conjurer's trick, a trifle.

Usage

In literature:

We also play bagatelle.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
After all, in the face of death, financial ruin seemed a mere bagatelle.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
Any bombardment this world has ever known was a mere bagatelle to this.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
But the part you played then was a bagatelle to the one awaiting you now.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Cox and Fred Pepper, who divided the trifle between them, laughed at the bagatelle.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
And so an hour passed as if it had been a bagatelle.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
We cannot let bagatelles stand in the way.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
In the region of Bagatelle in the Argonne two German counterattacks were repulsed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
If you have come for bagatelle, you must play with Lord George, for Jack De Baron isn't here.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
You came to my assistance; that is, you buried me in the mud up to the neck, by means of the bagatelles with which you loaded me.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Jack was genius through and through.
Who his future could foretell?
What we sweated blood to do
He would deem a bagatelle.
Yet in youth he had to die,
And an ancient man am I.
"Two Men (J. L. And R. B.)" by Robert W Service

In news:

Stop and go traffic from X50/Bagatelle Rd.
David Bagatelle, of Hoboken, N.J.
Musician Justin Bieber speaks an interview with Elvis Duran for "The Elvis Duran Morning Show" at Bagatelle Restaurant on March 24, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.
In this Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 photo, David Bagatelle walks in flood waters from his home in the wake of superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, N.J.
Miles Raymer visits the Stern Pinball Factory, the last stand of Chicago's former glory as "the global capital of pinball manufacturing," which Raymer attributes in part to the early-20th-century popularity of bagatelle.
The Court does not concern itself with bagatelles.
Justin Bieber got a customized cake by Cold Stone Creamery in honor of his new single "Boyfriend" at Bagatelle restaurant in West Hollywood Saturday.
Bagatelles pour un massacre by Louis-Ferdinand Céline Paris: Denoël, 379 pp.
Then again, a bottle-serviced afternoon dance party (a la Merkato 55 or Bagatelle) might be a little too over the top.
Vinny Guadagnino attends the "Jersey Shore" final season premiere at Bagatelle on Oct 4, 2012, in New York.
Sources says the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records was present during a scuffle at Bagatelle L.A.
I n 1871, British inventor Montegue Redgrave registered a patent for Improvements in Bagatelle, a large, clunky game played with a tabletop and balls.
Bagatelles pour un massacre by Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
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