cameo

noun
cam·​eo | \ ˈka-mē-ˌō How to pronounce cameo (audio) \
plural cameos

Definition of cameo

1a : a gem carved in relief (see relief entry 1 sense 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 sense 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

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Other Words from cameo

cameo adjective
cameo verb, transitive + intransitive

Examples of cameo in a Sentence

He has a brief cameo in the film.
Recent Examples on the Web Bella Hadid made a cameo somewhere snowy in a full early ’00s look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Cardi B, Rosalía, Grimes, and More," 27 Feb. 2021 Aside from that last-second cameo, the Longhorns’ sixth-year coach opted to roll with redshirt sophomore swingman Brock Cunningham over the ballyhooed freshman. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Wild 'cowboy' Brock Cunningham gives Texas an edge," 26 Feb. 2021 Holland wouldn't also play a ruse around a Maguire and Garfield cameo, right? Nick Romano, EW.com, "Guys! Tom Holland super promises there aren't three Spider-Men in Spider-Man 3," 24 Feb. 2021 Her sons, six-year-old Titan and newborn Noah, cameo in the video. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Kelly Rowland Came to Collect With Her New EP, K," 19 Feb. 2021 Heather’s unrequested cameo sucks up a half-hour of screen time. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Brushed Past Bri’s Life-Altering Reveal. It’s Part Of A Much Bigger Problem," 16 Feb. 2021 The group's cameo came together fast and took place in the first week of filming Always and Forever in New York. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Lara Jean and Peter Found Their Song, "Beginning Middle End"," 13 Feb. 2021 Kurt Busch dropped a cinematic short two days before the Daytona 500 that blew the budget, featured a Vanilla Ice cameo and hinted at his NASCAR retirement. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Ready to retire? Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR fans guessing," 13 Feb. 2021 Kurt Busch dropped a cinematic short two days before the Daytona 500 that blew the budget, featured a Vanilla Ice cameo and hinted at his NASCAR retirement. Dan Gelston, ajc, "Ready to retire? Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR fans guessing," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cameo

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cameo

Middle English camew, from Middle French camau, kamaheu

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The first known use of cameo was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Cameo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cameo. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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cameo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cameo

: 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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