Definition of bagatelle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbæɡəˈtel//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbæɡəˈtel//
    Board games
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a game played on a board with small balls that you try to hit into holes See related entries: Board games
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (literary) a small and unimportant thing or amount It cost a mere bagatelle.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in sense (2)): from French, from Italian bagatella, perhaps from baga ‘baggage’ or from a diminutive of Latin baca ‘berry’. Sense (1) dates from the early 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bagatelle