Definitions for vignettevɪnˈyɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•gnettevɪnˈyɛt(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.

    Category: Fine Arts

  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.

    Category: Fine Arts, Printing

  3. a decorative design representing branches, leaves, etc., as in a manuscript.

    Category: Fine Arts, Printing

  4. a short, graceful literary sketch. a brief, quietly touching or appealing scene or episode in a play, movie, or the like.

    Category: Literature, Showbiz

Origin of vignette:

1745–55; < F: lit., little vine (see vine , -ette )

vi•gnet′tist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sketch, vignette(noun)

    a brief literary description

  2. vignette(noun)

    a photograph whose edges shade off gradually

  3. vignette(noun)

    a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)

Wiktionary

  1. vignette(Noun)

    A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.

  2. vignette(Noun)

    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.

  3. vignette(Noun)

    Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.

  4. vignette(Noun)

    A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.

  5. vignette(Noun)

    The small picture on a postage stamp.

  6. vignette(Verb)

    To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge gradually fading away.

  7. Origin: First attested in 1751. From vignette, diminutive of vigne, from vinea, from vinum. Replaced earlier vinet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vignette(noun)

    a running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture

  2. Vignette(noun)

    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

  3. Vignette(verb)

    to make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge insensibly fading away

Freebase

  1. Vignette

    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.

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