Definition of cameo
1a : 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 backgroundb : 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
cameoverb, transitive + intransitive
Examples of cameo in a Sentence
He has a brief cameo in the film.
Recent Examples of cameo from the Web
That first time, a one-start cameo back in April, the 23-year-old Romano was too amped up.
And last but not least: I.M.K's majorly awkward cameo.
Cushing, who died in 1994, was (mostly) rendered in C.G.I. The same was true for Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, who has a cameo at the end.
In 2016, Williams made a cameo in a music video for the rapper The Game that was filmed in Gilmor Homes and has been viewed 9 million times on YouTube.
In his cameo on 30 Rock, Fey and Hamm poked fun at Hamm’s cartoonish handsomeness by casting him as Drew, a man whose good looks insulated him from the hardship of daily life.
New Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch made a cameo too.
Despite a cameo by Stevie Wonder, that goes largely unacknowledged.
Although Brees is the star of the 5-minute video, coach Sean Payton has a cameo, too.
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Origin and Etymology of cameo
Middle English camew, from Medieval French camau, kamaheu
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
CAMEO Defined for English Language Learners
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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