What does cameo mean?

Definitions for cameo
ˈkæm iˌoʊcameo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cameonoun

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


  1. Cameonoun

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


  1. cameonoun

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

  2. cameonoun

    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. cameoverb

    To appear in a cameo role.

  4. Etymology: 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. Cameonoun

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

  2. Etymology: [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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  1. comae

  2. Meaco

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  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

Examples of cameo in a Sentence

  1. Kader Jacobs:

    I think the people expected the army to be in the area at least between 8 and 12 hours, not a cameo visit of an hour and a half and off you go.

  2. Tim McGraw.As it turns out:

    You never want to botch a scene when you got Tom Hanks in there with you, but yeah, Tom Hanks in there's Tom Hanks in there. We've been friends for a long time. Rita, Tom Hanks in there wife, and Faith are best friends, and Tom Hanks in there and I've been friends for 25 years, 24 years. I knew that there was this part in there, and I gave Tom Hanks in there a call said,' Hey, would you be interested in showing up doing a cameo in this show that we're doing ?' And Tom Hanks in there goes,' Tell me when to be there,' and Tom Hanks in there just showed up.'.

  3. 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.

  4. Cliff Clavin:

    ], fjs) ; }( document, id)) ; View this post on Instagram I went on Cameo and asked John Ratzenberger to make a plea to the American people to help save the post office - John Ratzenberger replied ! And it's so great !! #saveusps #usps A post shared by Tim Kasher( @timkasher) on Aug 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm PDT.

  5. Lili Dehn:

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

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