Definitions for CAMEOˈkæm iˌoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cam•e•oˈkæm iˌoʊ(n.; adj.)(pl.)cam•e•os

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Jewelry

  2. a jewel with a central ornament having a head in profile carved or set in relief.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. an effective literary sketch or small dramatic scene.

    Category: Literature

  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.

    Category: Showbiz

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to a cameo role.

    Category: Showbiz

Origin of cameo:

1375–1425; < OF camaieu

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cameo(noun)

    engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)


  1. cameo(Noun)

    A piece of jewelry, etc., carved in relief.

  2. cameo(Noun)

    A single very brief appearance by a prominent celebrity in a movie or song.

    Famous comic book writer Stan Lee had a cameo in the Spider-Man movie. He was on screen for perhaps ten seconds, but aficionados distinctly remember him.

  3. cameo(Verb)

    To appear in a cameo role.

  4. Origin: From cammeo. The movie sense is short for “cameo role” referring to a famous person who was playing no character, but him or herself. Like a cameo brooch — a low-relief carving of a person’s head or bust — the actor or celebrity is instantly recognizable. More recently, it has come to refer to any short appearances, whether as a character or as oneself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cameo(noun)

    a carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like


  1. Cameo

    Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image. Originally, and still in discussing historical work, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colours met, removing all the first colour except for the image to leave a contrasting background. Today the term may be used very loosely for objects with no colour contrast, and other, metaphorical, terms have developed, such as cameo appearance. This derives from another generalized meaning that has developed, the cameo as an image of a head in an oval frame in any medium, such as a photograph.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cameo

    a precious stone cut in relief; consists generally of two or three different colours, the upper cut in relief and the under forming the ground.

Anagrams of CAMEO

  1. comae

  2. Meaco

Translations for CAMEO

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an engraved stone with a raised design, used as jewellery.

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