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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
Readers will get an authentic taste of Venice with McAlpine's vignettes evoking joyous holidays, local cafes, and the simple pleasure of a stuffed sardine in the summer.
The characters' stories are presented as a series of vignettes, many of which explore how relationships form.
This was just the first of countless vulnerable vignettes from the 28-year-old rapper.
By compiling these images, the team created a three-dimensional digital model to tease out the elephant vignette recorded in mud.
The vignette is meant to reflect the actual goings-on at the space, and judging by the cocktail bar's director (Jeff Bell of Please Don't Tell), this seems like an achievable goal.
Credit Payne’s taut and evocative writing as well as his overarching theme: true to Marianne’s career as a Cambridge physicist researching string theory, the many short vignettes involving roads not taken suggest a multiverse.
The resulting vignettes are as rich and intimate as any of Smith’s photo essays.
The voting and debating is interspersed with vignettes performed by cast members as part of the town celebration.
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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.
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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