noun \vin-ˈyet, vēn-\

: a short written description

: a short scene in a movie or play

: a picture or engraving in a book

Full Definition of VIGNETTE

:  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
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
a :  a short descriptive literary sketch
b :  a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie)
vi·gnett·ist \-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

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany



Definition of VIGNETTE

transitive verb
:  to finish (as a photograph) like a vignette
:  to describe briefly
vi·gnett·er noun

First Known Use of VIGNETTE



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