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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
Pear Slices 2018 Pear Theatre presents the 15th annual collection of original 15-minute vignettes from members of the Pear Playwrights Guild.
The work moves along in a series of vignettes that take a close look at the ones who are left behind.
This photo vignette from The Star’s collection shows the intersection at 18th Street and Grand Boulevard swarming with people, with a caption saying it was taken after the centennial parade in 1950.
The program opened with the eight brief movements of Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra, which crossed the footlight as something between fond caricatures and entertaining vignettes.
One vignette shows Pratt among a group of Philadelphia men implicated in the slave trade, and others deal with imperialism, especially by the French in Vietnam.
As Laura and Emma progress through the years in a series of elegant, understated vignettes, the distance between them quietly expands and then contracts and then expands again, a torrent of raw emotion under the glacial surfaces of these sentences.
People figure directly in only one vignette, a rear shot of six Eastern European tourists gazing across the Seine at the Eiffel Tower as Parisian passersby look curiously out at the audience.
Adding to the immersive effect, the splendid audio tour features dramatized vignettes based on historical accounts, well acted and enhanced by period music and ambient 3-D soundscapes.
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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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