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Examples of vignette in a Sentence
The play's program features a little vignette about each member of the cast.
The film is a series of vignettes about living with cancer.
Recent Examples of vignette from the Web
The cute vignette about the old Taylor having bit the dust is one example.
The music and lyrics, by his husband, Ryan Scott Oliver, are performed as solo and ensemble numbers in more than a dozen individual vignettes.
That production featured 10 vignettes with the tale of the young man and the lustful nuns as the plot of one.
The novel’s drama unfolds in a series of short vignettes, each of which comes packed with larger-than-life characters, lurid thoughts and graphic deeds.
Almost every vignette includes a song with original lyrics set to contemporary pop songs by Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Beyonce and Taio Cruz.
The third film is more like a series of different vignettes more intent on introducing new characters than capitalizing on what made the first two movies work.
Most remarkably, nearly all of the vignettes in the film bear fruit.
Lines like those show how Lorde excels at creating vignettes within songs, mini-moments that risk dampening a track’s propulsion but end up making the big picture more vivid.
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The Connection Between vignette and Vines
Vignette comes from Middle French vignete, the diminutive form of the noun vigne, meaning "vine." In English, the word was first used in the mid-18th century for a design or illustration that ran along the blank border of a page, or one that marked the beginning or end of a chapter. Such designs got their name because they often looked like little vines. It wasn't until the late 19th century that usage of vignette had shifted to cover a brief literary sketch or narrative, as we commonly see it used today.
Synonymsdefinition, delineation, depiction, picture, portrait, portraiture, portrayal, rendering, sketch, description
Related Wordsaccount, anecdote, chronicle, narrative, report, story, tale, yarn; demonstration, exemplification, illustration; clarification, elucidation, explanation, explication, exposition
First Known Use of vignette
VIGNETTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vignette for English Language Learners
: a short written description
: a short scene in a movie or play
: a picture or engraving in a book
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