noun ve·dette \vi-ˈdet\

Definition of VEDETTE

:  a mounted sentinel stationed in advance of pickets

Variants of VEDETTE

ve·dette or vi·dette \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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