from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of vedette.

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  • n. Alternative form of vedette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as vedette.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as vedette.


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  • Before daybreak a vidette informed him that he could hear troops crossing the railroad.

    The memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby,

  • As they forced their horses over it, I discovered my friend, the "vidette" among them, who cried out as he saw me "_That_ is General Wilson, kill him?" and I have not the least doubt his advice would have been followed, but for Essex, who cried out from a snug corner, where he was ensconced, "For God's sake, don't shoot! He is one of your best friends!"

    The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner

  • The vidette, on his part, kept a watchful eye on the Dowrah, a guide supplied at the last village, who, having got more than halfway from his own house, was much to be suspected of meditating how to escape the trouble of going further.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • They were the sentinels from the end of the street, and the vidette of the Rue de la Petite – Truanderie.

    Les Miserables

  • Rudolph and his party then moved forward, and were scarce out of sight of their new associates, when the vidette, or foremost of their patrol, gave the signal of alarm.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • At length, after they had walked nearly a mile through forest and field, making a circuit around the ruins of Graffs-lust, of such an extent as to leave no room for an ambush betwixt them and the place, the old hound, led by the vidette who was foremost, stopped, and uttered a low growl.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Through much of that time, the cavalry performed picket or vidette duty on a line, which stretched from Culpeper County to below Fredericksburg.

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • Reconnaissance northward did not uncover even a vidette.20


  • It was in absolute truth the meeting of the modern vidette of civilization with one of the rear-guard of retreating barbarism.

    Drifting Crane

  • The soldiers had become accustomed to guard duty, but to be placed out on picket or vidette posts alone, or in company with a comrade, to stand all day and during the dead hours of the night, expecting some lurking foe every moment to shoot you in the back, or from behind some bush to shoot your head off, was quite another matter.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade


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  • Rifleman, shoot me a fancy shot

    Straight at the heart of yon prowling vidette;

    Ring me a ball in the glittering spot

    That shines on his breast like an amulet!

    - Charles Dawson Shanly, 'The Fancy Shot'.

    September 16, 2009

  • 1. A mounted sentinel stationed in advance of an outpost.

    2. A small scouting boat used to observe and report on an opposing naval force.

    January 15, 2009