ve·​dette vi-ˈdet How to pronounce vedette (audio)
variants or vidette
: a mounted sentinel stationed in advance of pickets

Examples of vedette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That evening, a vedette was born. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vedette was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Vedette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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