vedette

noun
ve·dette | \vi-ˈdet \
variants: or

Definition of vedette 

: a mounted sentinel stationed in advance of pickets

First Known Use of vedette

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vedette

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, "watchtower, lookout in an elevated post," borrowed from Italian vedetta, alteration (crossed with vedere "to see") of veletta, perhaps borrowed from Spanish vela "watch, sentinel" (noun derivative of velar "to keep watch," going back to Latin vigilāre "to stay awake, be watchful") + Italian -etta, diminutive suffix — more at vigilant

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