cameo

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noun cam·eo \ˈka-mē-ˌō\

Definition of cameo

plural

cameos

  1. 1 a :  a gem carved in relief; especially :  a small piece of sculpture on a stone or shell cut in relief in one layer with another contrasting layer serving as background b :  a small medallion with a profiled head in relief

  2. 2 :  a carving or sculpture made in the manner of a cameo

  3. 3 :  a usually brief literary or filmic piece that brings into delicate or sharp relief the character of a person, place, or event

  4. 4 :  a small theatrical role usually performed by a well-known actor and often limited to a single scene; broadly :  a brief appearance or role

cameo

adjective

cameo

transitive verb

Examples of cameo in a sentence

  1. He has a brief cameo in the film.

Origin and Etymology of cameo

Middle English camew, from Middle French camau, kamaheu


First Known Use: 15th century

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CAMEO Defined for English Language Learners

cameo

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noun cam·eo \ˈka-mē-ˌō\

Definition of cameo for English Language Learners

  • : a small role in a movie, play, etc., that is performed by a well-known actor

  • : a piece of jewelry that has a carved design shown against a background of a different color


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