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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