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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.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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
6. (Art Terms) to finish (a photograph, picture, etc) with a fading border in the form of a vignette
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
a. a short, graceful literary sketch.
b. a brief, quietly touching or appealing scene or episode in a play, movie, or the like.
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Past participle: vignetted
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|Noun||1.||vignette - a brief literary description|
description - the act of describing something
|2.||vignette - a photograph whose edges shade off gradually|
|3.||vignette - a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)|
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vignette[vɪˈnjet] N (Phot, Typ) → viñeta f; (= character sketch) → esbozo m en miniatura, esbocito m, estampa f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
vignette[vɪˈnjɛt] n (résumé) → instantané m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
vignette[vɪˈnjɛt] n (description) → quadretto; (illustration in book) → illustrazione f (Art, Phot) → ritratto a mezzo busto su sfondo sfumato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995