Obs. a mounted sentinel posted in advance of the outposts of an army
Origin of vedetteFrench ; from Italian vedetta, altered (infl. by vedere, to see) ; from veletta, sentry box ; from Spanish vela, vigil ; from velar, to watch ; from Classical Latin vigilare: see vigil
- A mounted sentinel stationed in advance of an outpost.
- A small scouting boat used to observe and report on an opposing naval force.
Origin of vedetteFrench, from Italian vedetta, alteration (influenced by vedere, to see) of veletta, probably from Spanish vela, watch, from velar, to watch, from Latin vigilare, to watch through the night, from vigil, awake; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
From French vedette.