A literary cameo.
A necklace you wear that has a white face carved in profile set on a blue background is an example of a cameo.
A short written description that captures what it is like to live in the Caribbean is an example of a cameo.
When Brad Pitt or some other famous movie star appears for just two or three minutes in the middle of a movie, this is an example of a cameo.
She cameoed as Anne Boleyn in A Man for All Seasons.
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.
Origin of cameo
- Italian cameo Middle English cameu (from Old French camaieu) (and Medieval Latin camahūtus)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian 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.