Cameo meaning

kămē-ō
A brief vivid portrayal or depiction.

A literary cameo.

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To make into or like a gem or shell carved in relief.
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A piece of jewelry so carved, traditionally depicting a head in profile.
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A piece of jewelry, etc., carved in relief.
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The definition of a cameo is jewelry with a plain colored background and a profile carved in portrait in a different color, or a short literary depiction that captures the essence of someone or something, or is a brief appearance in a play, film or television show by someone famous.

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.

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A brief appearance of a prominent actor or celebrity, as in a single scene of a motion picture.
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To portray in sharp, delicate relief, as in a literary composition.
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To make a brief appearance, as in a film.

She cameoed as Anne Boleyn in A Man for All Seasons.

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A carving as on certain stratified gems (sardonyx, agate, etc.) or shells, in which the raised design is in a layer of different color from its background.
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To appear in a cameo role.
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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.

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To appear in a cameo role.
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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.

    From Wiktionary