vedette

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French vedette.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

vedette (plural vedettes)

  1. (historical, military) A sentinel, usually on horseback, stationed on the outpost of an army, to watch an enemy and give notice of danger.
    • 1815 June 19, Arthur Wellesley, Wellingon's Waterloo dispatch to Lord Bathurst:
      The enemy made no effort to pursue Marshal Blücher. On the contrary, a patrole which I sent to Sombref in the morning found all quiet; and the enemy's vedettes fell back as the patrole advanced.
    • 2021 February 16, Dan Richards, “Peak cabin: a fire-spotter's lonely vantage point in Washington state”, in The Guardian[1]:
      My goal was Desolation Peak, the cabin where rookie vedette Jack Kerouac spent 63 eventful days in the summer of 1956.
  2. (entertainment) A cabaret performer, usually the main female artist of a show.
    • 2005, Coco Fusco, Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas, Routledge, →ISBN, page 44:
      Josephine Baker arrived in Cuba in 1951. When this famous black American vedette arrived—she who had first enraptured Paris and later the rest of Europe—Rita Montaner played a trick on her. La Baker, as well as Cuban vedettes and rumba dancers, had conquered Europe by selling exoticism to an avid European public.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French vedette.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

vedette c (plural vedettes or vedetten, diminutive vedettetje n)

  1. celebrity, star
    Synonyms: ster, beroemdheid, beroemde

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian vedetta.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /və.dɛt/
  • (file)

NounEdit

vedette f (plural vedettes)

  1. (slightly dated) star (celebrity)
    Les plus grandes vedettes étaient présentes lors de cet évènement.
    The biggest stars were present at this event.
  2. (nautical) flagship
  3. (lexicography) headword (word used as the title of a section)
  4. (military, historical) vedette (sentry)

DescendantsEdit

  • English: vedette
  • Polish: wedeta
  • Portuguese: vedeta
  • Romanian: vedetă
  • Spanish: vedete

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ItalianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

vedette f (invariable)

  1. star (celebrity)

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /veˈdet.te/
  • Rhymes: -ette
  • Hyphenation: ve‧dét‧te

NounEdit

vedette f

  1. plural of vedetta

Etymology 3Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /veˈdet.te/, (traditional) /veˈdɛt.te/[1]
  • Rhymes: -ette, (traditional) -ɛtte
  • Hyphenation: ve‧dét‧te, (traditional) ve‧dèt‧te

VerbEdit

vedette

  1. (archaic or popular) third-person singular past historic of vedere

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 vedette in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

vedette f (plural vedettes)

  1. Alternative spelling of vedete

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