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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
There have been hints in the past that Black Mirror is more than just unconnected vignettes, and that the dramatically divergent worlds of the show somehow exist in the same universe.
The images in Modern Color offer lovely, quiet vignettes of everyday life on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the 1960s and ’70s.
Likewise, the Arabian dance is no longer the skin-showing seduction scene of past productions but a comedic vignette of a husband under pressure from his four-woman harem.
The black-and-white vignette features Crow and her 12-year-old niece Ava singing to the camera as scenes of children playing in an open field flash across the screen.
Composed of diaristic vignettes, Hitler, My Neighbor offers a singular portrait of 1930s Germany, unique both for its intimate glimpses of Hitler in semi-private moments and for its point of view.
Poignant vignettes and interviews are swamped by long shots of the Mediterranean and of migrants trekking into the forests of northern Greece.
Memoir-like vignettes and touches of the Fresson technique — a French printing technique that gives photos depth of color and a grainy, soft texture — appear in her photos, giving them a nostalgic feel.
Filmed mostly at the San Diego Zoo, the 24-hour channel features animal-care stories, quizzes, video vignettes and other kid-friendly programming.
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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
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