1. a minor entertainment or diversion; an amusement.
2. a short performance, typically a ballet, that is presented as an interlude in an opera or play.
3. Music: a) a fantasia on popular melodies; potpourri. b) a piece or pieces written to be played during the intervals in a play, opera, etc. c) divertimento - a piece of entertaining music in several movements, often scored for a mixed ensemble and having no fixed form.
Etymology: derived from French, “entertainment, diversion”, equivalent to divertisse- (stem of divertir “to divert”).
[Erik Thor Sandberg]