Simple Definition of vignette
: a short written description
: a short scene in a movie or play
: a picture or engraving in a book
Full Definition of vignette
1 : a running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a chapter; also : a small decorative design or picture so placed
2 a : a picture (as an engraving or photograph) that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper b : the pictorial part of a postage stamp design as distinguished from the frame and lettering
3 a : a short descriptive literary sketch b : a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie)
Examples of vignette
The play's program features a little vignette about each member of the cast.
The film is a series of vignettes about living with cancer.
Origin of vignette
French, from Middle French vignete, from diminutive of vigne vine — more at vine
First Known Use: 1611
Rhymes with vignette
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Definition of vignette
1 : to finish (as a photograph) like a vignette
2 : to describe briefly
First Known Use of vignette
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