Definition of vedette
: a mounted sentinel stationed in advance of pickets
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: circa 1611
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