Definition of cameo in English:

cameo

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Pronunciation: /ˈkamɪəʊ
 
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noun (plural cameos)

1A piece of jewellery, typically oval in shape, consisting of a portrait in profile carved in relief on a background of a different colour: [as modifier]: a cameo brooch
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  • More within the reach of the novice collector are the myriad of smaller novelty pieces, from the cameo brooch to the charm bracelet.
  • Likewise, jeweller Octavia Cook's cameo brooches, though very nice objects, aren't completely comfortable in this context.
  • On her right wrist she conspicuously displays a cameo bracelet bearing the profile of Louis XV.
2A short descriptive literary sketch which neatly encapsulates someone or something: cameos of street life
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  • So I long for the energetic verve of a Saki, the narrative vigour and cultural cameos of a Maugham, the imaginative bizarreness of a Roald Dahl or the feminine insights of a Doris Lessing.
  • Two marvellously contrasting pictures emerge from these stories, cameos of Ireland old and Ireland new.
  • This means that by the end of this year, you'll be able to own every single Marx Brothers feature - apart from The Story of Mankind with its brief, pointless cameos - for under a hundred bucks.
2.1A small character part in a play or film, played by a distinguished actor: [as modifier]: he played numerous cameo roles
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  • The film's director, Joel Schumacher, who discovered Ireland's newest film star, Colin Farrell, said the Dublin-born actor would play a cameo role in the film.
  • The only small joy was a cameo by grand character actor James Rebhorn, who was fantastic as Headmaster Trask in Scent Of A Woman.
  • Buster Keaton plays a cameo role as a member of this sad entourage of icons who have outlived themselves.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French camahieu, cama(h)u; later influenced by Italian cam(m)eo, from medieval Latin cammaeus, related to the Old French word.

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