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English definition of “bagatelle”

bagatelle

noun uk   /ˌbæɡ.əˈtel/ us  

bagatelle noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C usually singular] literary something, especially an amount of money, that is small and not important: A thousand pounds is a mere bagatelle to him.

bagatelle noun (GAME)

[U] a game in which small balls are hit, usually by a small rod on a spring that the player pulls, towards holes that have numbers on a board with a rounded end
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