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vignette

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noun vi·gnette \vin-ˈyet, vēn-\

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. 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. 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. 3 a :  a short descriptive literary sketch b :  a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie)

vi·gnett·ist play \-ˈye-tist\ noun

Examples of vignette

  1. The play's program features a little vignette about each member of the cast.

  2. 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

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vignette

verb vi·gnette

Definition of vignette

vi·gnett·edvi·gnett·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to finish (as a photograph) like a vignette

  3. 2 :  to describe briefly

vi·gnett·er noun


1853

First Known Use of vignette

1853



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