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cam·e·o

 (kăm′ē-ō′)
n. pl. cam·e·os
1.
a. A gem or shell carved in relief, especially one in which the raised design and the background consist of layers of contrasting colors.
b. The technique of carving in this way.
c. A medallion with a profile cut in raised relief.
2. A brief vivid portrayal or depiction: a literary cameo.
3. A brief appearance of a prominent actor or celebrity, as in a single scene of a motion picture. Also called cameo role.
v. cam·e·oed, cam·e·o·ing, cam·e·os
v.tr.
1. To make into or like a gem or shell carved in relief.
2. To portray in sharp, delicate relief, as in a literary composition.
v.intr.
To make a brief appearance, as in a film: She cameoed as Anne Boleyn in A Man for All Seasons.

[Italian cameo and Middle English cameu (from Old French camaieu and Medieval Latin camahūtus).]

cameo

(ˈkæmɪˌəʊ)
n, pl cameos
1. (Art Terms)
a. a medallion, as on a brooch or ring, with a profile head carved in relief
b. (as modifier): a cameo necklace.
2. (Jewellery) an engraving upon a gem or other stone of at least two differently coloured layers, such as sardonyx, so carved that the background is of a different colour from the raised design
3. (Jewellery) a stone with such an engraving
4. (Film)
a. a single and often brief dramatic scene played by a well-known actor or actress in a film or television play
b. (as modifier): a cameo role.
5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. a short literary work or dramatic sketch
b. (as modifier): a cameo sketch.
[C15: from Italian cammeo, of uncertain origin]

cam•e•o

(ˈkæm iˌoʊ)

n., pl. cam•e•os,
adj. n.
1. a gemstone or other hard substance, as coral, carved with a design in low relief, usu. so that an underlying darker layer of the material forms a background for the lighter tone of the design.
2. a jewel with a central ornament having a head in profile carved or set in relief.
3. an effective literary sketch or small dramatic scene.
4. Also called cam′eo role`. a small but notable part in a film, play, or television show, played esp. by a prominent performer, often in a single scene.
adj.
5. of or pertaining to a cameo role.
[1375–1425; < Old French camaieu]

cameo

1. A small bas-relief carving in stone, glass, or shell, the design in relief being a different color from the background.
2. A gem on which a design has been engraved in relief.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cameo - engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)cameo - engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)
anaglyph - anything carved in low relief
Translations
kamej
kamé
kámea
gim-/skrautsteinn
kamėja
kameja
kamea
işlemeli akik

cameo

[ˈkæmɪəʊ]
A. N
1. (= jewellery) → camafeo m
2. (Cine) (also cameo role) → papel m de estrella invitada
B. CPD cameo brooch Ncamafeo m

cameo

[ˈkæmiəʊ]
n
(= jewellery) → camée m
(also cameo appearance) → brève apparition f (d'une grande vedette)
modif [role, part] → bref(brève)cameo appearance nbrève apparition f (d'une grande vedette)

cameo

n
(= jewellery)Kamee f
(Liter) → Miniatur f
(also cameo part)Miniaturrolle f

cameo

[ˈkæmɪəʊ]
1. ncammeo
2. adj (ring, brooch) → con cammeo (Cine, Theatre) (role, part) → breve apparizione f (di un attore o un'attrice famoso/a)

cameo

(ˈkӕmiəu) plural ˈcameos noun
an engraved stone with a raised design, used as jewellery.
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