- Vignette refers to a picture or illustration that is faint and that blends with its background, or to a decoration in a book.
An example of a vignette is an illustration in a book.
- The definition of a vignette is a brief skit or retelling of something that occurred.
An example of a vignette is a brief skit during intermission performed for the audience's entertainment.
- an ornamental design (originally one of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) or illustration used on a page of a book, magazine, etc., as at the beginning or end of a chapter or section
- a picture, photograph, film image, etc. with no definite border, shading off gradually at the edges into the background
- a short literary sketch or description
- a short, carefully constructed scene in a film, play, etc.; specif., one regarded as subtle, sensitive, etc.
Origin of vignetteFr, diminutive from vigne, vine, vine
transitive verb-·gnet′ted, -·gnet′ting
- A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page.
- An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.
- a. A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.b. A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
transitive verbvi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting, vi·gnettes
- To provide (a photograph or image) with indistinct or fading edges.
- To describe in a brief way.
Origin of vignetteFrench from Old French diminutive of vigne vine (from the use of vine tendrils in decorative borders) ; see vine .
- (architecture) A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
- (printing) 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.
- (by extension) Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
- (by extension) A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.
- The small picture on a postage stamp.
- (photography) The characteristic of a camera lens, either by deficiency in design or by mismatch of the lens with the film format, to produce an image smaller than the film's frame with a crudely focused border. Photographers may deliberately choose this characteristic for a special effect.
(third-person singular simple present vignettes, present participle vignetting, simple past and past participle vignetted)