Vedette meaning

vĭ-dĕt
A mounted sentinel stationed in advance of an outpost.
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A small scouting boat used to observe and report on an opposing naval force.
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(obs.) A mounted sentinel posted in advance of the outposts of an army.
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A sentinel, usually on horseback, stationed on the outpost of an army, to watch an enemy and give notice of danger.
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Origin of vedette

  • French 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 weg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French vedette.

    From Wiktionary