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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.
References in classic literature ?
When he entered she was looking at some cameos which she had been buying for Celia.
that Henry should fade, away as reality emerged, and only her love for him should remain clear, stamped with his image like the cameos we rescue out of dreams.
Books of engravings, drawers of medals, cameos, corals, shells, and every other family collection within his cabinets, had been prepared for his old friend, to while away the morning; and the kindness had perfectly answered.
and perhaps Birmingham); model gondolas from Venice; model villages from Switzerland; morsels of tesselated pavement from Herculaneum and Pompeii, like petrified minced veal; ashes out of tombs, and lava out of Vesuvius; Spanish fans, Spezzian straw hats, Moorish slippers, Tuscan hairpins, Carrara sculpture, Trastaverini scarves, Genoese velvets and filigree, Neapolitan coral, Roman cameos, Geneva jewellery, Arab lanterns, rosaries blest all round by the Pope himself, and an infinite variety of lumber.
As for the Count, he merely asked me, in the way of reply, if we moderns possessed any such microscopes as would enable us to cut cameos in the style of the Egyptians.
I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases.
she asked to change the subject, looking at his finger on which he wore a ring with a cameo of Laocoon's head.
She was milking Old Pretty thus, and the sun chancing to be on the milking-side it shone flat upon her pink-gowned form and her white curtain-bonnet, and upon her profile, rendering it keen as a cameo cut from the dun background of the cow.
In my time a cameo set in pearls was thought sufficient.
His face was like a cameo, and his lips, parted in a smile, made it very boyish.
My dear Lucy," he declared, "you are wonderful - a perfect cameo, a gem.
He wore no jewelry but a cameo scarf pin and a perfectly gorgeous ring,--a queer kind of one that wound round and round his finger.