Definition of vedette in English:

vedette

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Pronunciation: /vɪˈdɛt
 
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noun

  • 1 historical A mounted sentry positioned beyond an army’s outposts to observe the movements of the enemy.
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    • For many of the campaigns of history sentries, or larger security parties constituting infantry pickets or cavalry vedettes, did not habitually fire on one another.
  • 2A leading star of stage, screen, or television: he’s now a big-time TV vedette
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    • A few exciting vedettes he has rubbed shoulders with nevertheless: Angela Bassett, Sly Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Ed Norton, James Caan.
    • Hhe has been offered upwards of $200 for his all-access pass by teenagers eager to get up close and personal with some of their fave vedettes.
    • Two exciting vedettes who regularly shop at his store: Michel Pagliaro and Bruno Pelletier.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, literally 'scout', from an alteration of southern Italian veletta, perhaps based on Spanish velar 'keep watch'.

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