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vi·gnette

 (vĭn-yĕt′)
n.
1. A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page.
2. An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.
3.
a. A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.
b. A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
tr.v. vi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting, vi·gnettes
1. To provide (a photograph or image) with indistinct or fading edges.
2. To describe in a brief way.

[French, from Old French, diminutive of vigne, vine (from the use of vine tendrils in decorative borders); see vine.]

vignette

(vɪˈnjɛt)
n
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a small illustration placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short graceful literary essay or sketch
3. (Art Terms) a photograph, drawing, etc, with edges that are shaded off
4. (Architecture) architect a carved ornamentation that has a design based upon tendrils, leaves, etc
5. any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc
vb (tr)
6. (Art Terms) to finish (a photograph, picture, etc) with a fading border in the form of a vignette
7.
a. to decorate with vignettes
b. to portray in or as in a vignette
[C18: from French, literally: little vine, from vigne vine; with reference to the vine motif frequently used in embellishments to a text]
viˈgnettist n

vi•gnette

(vɪnˈyɛt)

n.
1. a decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
2. an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border.
3. a decorative design representing branches, leaves, etc., as in a manuscript.
4.
a. a short, graceful literary sketch.
b. a brief, quietly touching or appealing scene or episode in a play, movie, or the like.
[1745–55; < French: literally, little vine (see vine, -ette)]
vi•gnet′tist, n.

vignette


Past participle: vignetted
Gerund: vignetting

Imperative
vignette
vignette
Present
I vignette
you vignette
he/she/it vignettes
we vignette
you vignette
they vignette
Preterite
I vignetted
you vignetted
he/she/it vignetted
we vignetted
you vignetted
they vignetted
Present Continuous
I am vignetting
you are vignetting
he/she/it is vignetting
we are vignetting
you are vignetting
they are vignetting
Present Perfect
I have vignetted
you have vignetted
he/she/it has vignetted
we have vignetted
you have vignetted
they have vignetted
Past Continuous
I was vignetting
you were vignetting
he/she/it was vignetting
we were vignetting
you were vignetting
they were vignetting
Past Perfect
I had vignetted
you had vignetted
he/she/it had vignetted
we had vignetted
you had vignetted
they had vignetted
Future
I will vignette
you will vignette
he/she/it will vignette
we will vignette
you will vignette
they will vignette
Future Perfect
I will have vignetted
you will have vignetted
he/she/it will have vignetted
we will have vignetted
you will have vignetted
they will have vignetted
Future Continuous
I will be vignetting
you will be vignetting
he/she/it will be vignetting
we will be vignetting
you will be vignetting
they will be vignetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vignetting
you have been vignetting
he/she/it has been vignetting
we have been vignetting
you have been vignetting
they have been vignetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vignetting
you will have been vignetting
he/she/it will have been vignetting
we will have been vignetting
you will have been vignetting
they will have been vignetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vignetting
you had been vignetting
he/she/it had been vignetting
we had been vignetting
you had been vignetting
they had been vignetting
Conditional
I would vignette
you would vignette
he/she/it would vignette
we would vignette
you would vignette
they would vignette
Past Conditional
I would have vignetted
you would have vignetted
he/she/it would have vignetted
we would have vignetted
you would have vignetted
they would have vignetted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vignette - a brief literary description
description - the act of describing something
2.vignette - a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
photo, photograph, pic, exposure, picture - a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
3.vignette - a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
sketch, study - preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several studies before starting to paint"
Translations

vignette

[vɪˈnjet] N (Phot, Typ) → viñeta f; (= character sketch) → esbozo m en miniatura, esbocito m, estampa f

vignette

[vɪˈnjɛt] n (résumé)instantané m

vignette

nVignette f; (= character sketch)Skizze f, → kurze und prägnante Darstellung

vignette

[vɪˈnjɛt] n (description) → quadretto; (illustration in book) → illustrazione f (Art, Phot) → ritratto a mezzo busto su sfondo sfumato
References in classic literature ?
He saw them together on the Lido and (those writing fellows are horrible) he wrote what he calls a vignette (I suppose accidentally, too) under that very title.
After calling at one or two flat places, with low dams stretching out into the lake, whereon were stumpy lighthouses, like windmills without sails, the whole looking like a Dutch vignette, we came at midnight to Cleveland, where we lay all night, and until nine o'clock next morning.
Finding himself without prospects on leaving college, he attempted painting, but in spite of his intimacy with Joseph Bridau, his life-long friend, he abandoned art to take up caricature, vignette designing, and drawing for books, which twenty years later went by the name of "illustration." The influence of the Ducs de Maufrigneuse and de Rhetore, whom he knew in the society of actresses, procured him his employment under government in 1819.
In the vignettes and other embellishments of some ancient books you will at times meet with very curious touches at the whale, where all manner of spouts, jets d'eau, hot springs and cold, Saratoga and Baden-Baden, come bubbling up from his unexhausted brain.
The words in these introductory pages connected themselves with the succeeding vignettes, and gave significance to the rock standing up alone in a sea of billow and spray; to the broken boat stranded on a desolate coast; to the cold and ghastly moon glancing through bars of cloud at a wreck just sinking.
In the vignettes of the Bear-garden and the Swan Theatre, for instance, the artist has managed to throw over his minute plate a wonderful air of pleasantness, a light which, though very delicate, is very theatrical.
What characterized them was the clumsiness of too great strength - the clumsiness which the tyro betrays when he crushes butterflies with battering rams and hammers out vignettes with a war-club.
Westchester County, NY, October 18, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester's Furniture Bank, and Ethan Allen Hartsdale announce that a team from the design center is creating a special vignette of stylish living room furniture to honor Furniture Sharehouse's 10th year of furnishing local Westchester families in need.
Each vignette ends with a "Lesson Learned" explanation.
Participants were instructed to assess to which extent the behavior exhibited by the actor in each vignette was acceptable, using a 9-point Likert scale ranging from very unacceptable (1) to very acceptable (9).
Il convient de rappeler que le Ministere des Finances et de l'economie a annonce, jeudi, dans un communique que les delais du paiement de la vignette pour les voitures qui ont des plaques mineralogiques paires ont ete prolonges jusqu'au 14 mars 2014, et ce suite a la greve observee par les agents des recettes financieres.
Each vignette applies thorough research, looking at all the points of the issues and taking into account the blistering debates over these controversies.