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 vigilāre to watch through the night from vigil awake ; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
From French vedette.