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vedette

noun ve·dette \vi-ˈdet\

Definition of vedette

  1. :  a mounted sentinel stationed in advance of pickets



Variants of vedette

or vidette \vi-ˈdet\

Origin of vedette

French, from Italian vedetta, alteration of veletta, probably from Spanish vela watch, from velar to keep watch, from Latin vigilare to wake, watch, from vigil awake — more at vigil


First Known Use: circa 1611


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