cam·​eo | \ ˈka-mē-ˌō \
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.

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At the same time, the hits now include far more cameos by featured performers. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Superstars Are Hogging Billboard’s Hot 100," 14 Dec. 2018 One cameo fans might not see coming, though, is Kris Jenner. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Video Is Here and It's, Well, So Fetch," 30 Nov. 2018 Since his initial, and quick, cameo in the first film, fans have been left with plenty of questions regarding the character's future. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Social Media Thinks Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, or Shawn Mendes Should Be Cast in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”," 20 Dec. 2018 Not known to stop building on its environmental storytelling, Epic began teasing an upcoming change to Risky Reels with a Wreck-It-Ralph cameo on the movie screen. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Thanks to a special cameo, stans got to see the two mysterious worlds collide. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's the 'Riverdale' Crossover During 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' That You Probably Missed," 29 Oct. 2018 Another batch of goofy characters who could be great potential cameo roles for more big-name actors. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018 The latter comments are good news for Foden and Díaz, who have both impressed in various cameo roles for Man City this season and both will be looking to push for more minutes next season, whether that be in Manchester or elsewhere., "David Silva Will Miss Man City Tie Against Brighton After Jetting Back to Spain for Family Reasons," 9 May 2018 Chevy launched the project as a tie-in with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, out February 8, in which the Lego Silverado has a cameo. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Life-Size Chevy Silverado Made Entirely of Legos," 19 Jan. 2019

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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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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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