What does CAMEO mean?

Definitions for CAMEOˈkæm iˌoʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cameo(noun)

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


  1. Cameo(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [It. cammeo; akin to F. came, camaeu, Sp. camafeo, LL. camaeus, camahutus; of unknown origin.]


  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

  2. Origin: [It. cammeo; akin to F. came, camaeu, Sp. camafeo, LL. camaeus, camahutus; of unknown origin.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cameo

    kam′ē-ō, n. an engraved gem in which the figure or subject is carved in relief. [It. camméo (Fr. camée)—Low L. cammæus traced by Littré to Gr. kamnein, to work; by the late Mr C. W. King through an Ar. form, 'an amulet,' from Pers. camahen, loadstone, the usual material for Babylonian cylinders.]

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.

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Anagrams for CAMEO »

  1. comae

  2. Meaco


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CAMEO in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CAMEO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lili Dehn:

    Cameo like profile . . . a lovely rose maiden and as pure as flower

  2. Michael Rubin:

    While many in the West might find it enduring that the King is a Trekkie who once even had a Star Trek 'Voyager' cameo, Islamists consider science fiction forbidden because it presumes to know a future that only God can know.

  3. Hank Steinberg:

    The Navy has been incredibly supportive and excited, we had a big premiere in Washington, D.C., where thousands of military people showed up. The Secretary of the Navy [Ray Mabus] himself has been to our set and actually recorded a cameo. It's the episode where they find the message that was buried in the files of the White House. The guy who's playing the Secretary of the Navy, is the real Secretary of the Navy.

  4. Lili Dehn:

    “The Grand Duchess Tatiana was as charming as her sister Olga, but in a different way. She has been described as proud, but I never knew anyone less so. With her, as her mother, shyness and reserve were accounted as pride, but once you knew her and had gained her affection, this reserve disappeared, and the real Tatijana became apparent. She was a poetical creature, as always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers. The Emperor loved her devotedly, they had much in common, and the sisters used to laugh, and say that, if a favor were required, ‘Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it.’ She was very tall, and excessively thin, with a cameo-like profile, deep blue eyes, and dark chestnut hair… a lovely ‘Rose’ maiden, fragile and pure as a flower.”

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