Definition of cameo
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 : 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
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
Examples of cameo in a sentence
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
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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