cameo

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noun cam·eo \ ˈka-mē-ˌō \

Definition of cameo

plural cameos
1 a :a gem carved in relief (see 1relief 6); 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 (see medallion 2) with a profiled head in relief
2 :a carving or sculpture made in the manner of a cameo
3 :a usually brief literary or filmic piece that brings into delicate or sharp relief the character of a person, place, or event
  • his cameos and short commentaries on men and manners
  • —R. T. Dunlop
4 :a small theatrical role usually performed by a well-known actor and often limited to a single scene
  • A major star appears in a cameo in the movie.
; broadly :a brief appearance or role

cameo

adjective

cameo

verb, transitive + intransitive

Examples of cameo in a Sentence

  1. He has a brief cameo in the film.

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Origin and Etymology of cameo

Middle English camew, from Medieval French camau, kamaheu

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CAMEO Defined for English Language Learners

cameo

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noun

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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