Definitions for: Vignette


[n] a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
[n] a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
[n] a brief literary description



Webster (1913) Definition: Vi*gnette", n.
A picture, illustration, or depiction in words, esp. one of a
small or dainty kind.


Vi*gnette" (?; 277), n. [F. vignette, fr. vigne a
vine. See Vine, and cf. Vinette.]
1. (Arch.) A running ornament consisting of leaves and
tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.

2. 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; hence, by
extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as
such pictures are often without a definite bounding line,
any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like,
which vanishes gradually at the edge.


Vi*gnette", v. t.
To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or
edge insensibly fading away.

Synonyms: sketch

See Also: description, exposure, photo, photograph, pic, sketch, study

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