a brief literary description
a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
A decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils, at the head of a chapter, of a manuscript or printed book, or in a similar position.
Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.
The small picture on a postage stamp.
To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge gradually fading away.
Origin: First attested in 1751. From vignette, diminutive of vigne, from vinea, from vinum. Replaced earlier vinet.
a running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture
a decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils, at the head of a chapter, of a manuscript or printed book, or in a similar position; hence, by extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as such pictures are often without a definite bounding line, any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge
to make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge insensibly fading away
Origin: [F. vignette, fr. vigne a vine. See Vine, and cf. Vinette.]
In theatrical script writing, sketch stories, and poetry, a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, or object. This type of scene is more common in recent postmodern theater, where less emphasis is placed on adhering to the conventions of theatrical structure and story development. Vignettes have been particularly influenced by contemporary notions of a scene as shown in film, video and television scripting. It is also a part of something bigger than itself. Like a vignette about a house belongs to a collection of vignettes or a whole story such as The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. A blog can provide a form of vignette.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vin-yet′, n. any small ornamental engraving, design, or photograph not enclosed by a definite border: (orig.) an ornamental flourish of vine leaves and tendrils on manuscripts and books.—v.t. to treat or produce in such a style.—ns. Vignett′er; Vignett′ing-glass, -pā′per, a glass frame, mask, used in printing vignette pictures; Vignett′ist, one who makes vignettes. [Fr.,—vigne—L. vinea, a vine.]
The numerical value of vignette in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of vignette in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
In an ironic vignette, at a healthcare facility dedicated to serving blind veterans—the new Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center—the agency wasted $670,000 on two sculptures no blind veteran can even see, the ‘Helmick Sculpture’ cost $385,000 (2014) and a parking garage exterior wall faade by King Ray Studio for the ‘design, fabrication, and installation of the public artwork’ cost $285,000 (2014).
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