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.