bagatelle

A bagatelle is a trifle or a trinket — a little thing without too much importance or value. You might wake on Christmas morning to find your stocking full of bagatelles.

Use the noun bagatelle when you're talking about something that's purely decorative, like a bauble or knickknack, or that's very easily done. For example, you might say, "Oh watching your cat was such a bagatelle — I really didn't have to do a thing!" The word is French, meaning "knick-knack, bauble, or trinket," from the diminutive form of the Latin baca, or "berry."

Primary Meanings of bagatelle

1.
n
something of little value or significance
2.
n
a light piece of music for piano
3.
n
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
Full Definitions of bagatelle
1

n something of little value or significance

Synonyms:
fluff, frippery, frivolity
Type of:
small beer, trifle, trivia, triviality
something of small importance
2

n a light piece of music for piano

Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created
3

n 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

Synonyms:
bar billiards
Type of:
table game
a game that is played on a table

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