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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 work of guest director Tony Horne was featured on one vignette.
Each vignette provides a new performer the chance to have a moment with Stanton: Among them, Tom Skerritt shows up as a WWII Marine vet, whose painful memories of that conflict echo within Lucky’s own experience.
Most of the problems are in the framing scenes with the older Albert, vignettes that, Condit's fine work notwithstanding, lack the veracity of the actual wartime elements of the show.
The wooded trail begins just outside of the amphitheater and weaves its way through the trees with themed vignettes set to music.
Noroc’s lush, colorful photographs are accompanied by each subject’s story, written as vignettes alongside each portrait.
Accounts of the progress in diplomatic horse-trading and in the war across Europe alternate with vignettes on the main players, as well as some of those caught up and buffeted by unfolding events.
In six vignettes, the ad reflects the struggles with different biases that real athletes encounter.
The vignettes focus on real Olympic athletes and their personal stories about struggling to make it in the face of bias and stereotypes.
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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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