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vignette

play
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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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)

vignettist play \-ˈye-tist\ noun

Examples of vignette in a sentence

  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.



Did You Know?

Vignette comes from Middle French vignete, the diminutive form of the noun vigne, meaning "vine." In English, the word was first used in the mid-18th century for a design or illustration that ran along the blank border of a page, or one that marked the beginning or end of a chapter. Such designs got their name because they often looked like little vines. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that usage of "vignette" had shifted to cover a brief literary sketch or narrative, as we commonly see it used today.

Origin of vignette

French, from Middle French vignete, from diminutive of vigne vine — more at vine


First Known Use: 1611

Other Performing Arts Terms


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vignette

verb, vi·gnette

Definition of vignette

vignettedvignetting

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

  3. 2 :  to describe briefly

vignetter noun


1853

First Known Use of vignette

1853



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