WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bag•a•telle  (bag′ə tel),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. something of little value or importance;
    a trifle.
  2. Gamesa game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue.
  3. Gamespinball.
  4. Music and Dancea short and light musical composition, typically for the piano.
  • Latin -illa diminutive suffix
  • Latin bāca; cf bay4) + -att(a) diminutive suffix) + -ella
  • Upper Italian bagat(t)ella, equivalent. to bagatt(a) small possession (perh. bag(a) berry (
  • French
  • 1630–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bagatelle /ˌbæɡəˈtɛl/ n
  1. something of little value or significance; trifle
  2. a board game in which balls are struck into holes, with pins as obstacles; pinball
  3. a short light piece of music, esp for piano
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian bagattella, from (dialect) bagatta a little possession, from baga a possession, probably from Latin bāca berry



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