American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page.
- n. An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.
- n. A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.
- n. A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
- v. To soften the edges of (a picture) in vignette style.
- v. To describe in a brief way.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A running ornament of vine-leaves, tendrils, and grapes, as in architecture.
- n. The flourishes in the form of vine-leaves, branches, etc., with which capital letters in manuscripts are sometimes surrounded.
- n. In printing, the engraved illustration or decoration that precedes a title-page or the beginning of a chapter: so called because many of the cuts first made for books in France were inclosed with a border of the general character of trailing vines.
- n. Hence, any image or picture; a cut or illustration.
- n. A photographic portrait showing only the head, or the head and shoulders, and so printed that the ground shades off insensibly around the subject into an even color, which may be that of the untreated paper, or a more or less dark shade produced by a separate operation; hence, any picture, not a portrait, treated in the same way.
- In photography, to treat or produce, as a portrait, in the style of a vignette.
- n. architecture A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
- n. printing 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.
- n. by extension Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
- n. by extension A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.
- n. The small picture on a postage stamp.
- v. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge gradually fading away.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
- n. 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.
- n. A picture, illustration, or depiction in words, esp. one of a small or dainty kind.
- v. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge insensibly fading away.
- n. a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
- n. a brief literary description
- n. a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
- First attested in 1751. From French vignette, diminutive of vigne ("vine"), from Latin vīnea, from vīnum ("wine"). Replaced earlier vinet. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, diminutive of vigne, vine (from the use of vine tendrils in decorative borders); see vine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Of the fourteen short sketches, it is difficult to measure one above the other; nevertheless, the title vignette,”
“And discovered that what I needed to be a 2k-word vignette is determined to be a 4k-word short story.”
“After all, a vignette is a simple character sketch, and Ballard himself has always been assaulted by critics for his poor characterization.”
“This vignette is as arresting as the toe-swallowing statue.”
“He saw them together on the Lido and (those writing fellows are horrible) he wrote what he calls a vignette (I suppose accidentally, too) under that very title.”
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“Because each and every new little vignette is still as wonderfully cute and entertaining as the one before it.”
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