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vidette

[vi-det] /vɪˈdɛt/
noun
1.

vedette

or vidette

[vi-det] /vɪˈdɛt/
noun, History/Historical.
1.
Also called vedette boat. a small naval launch used for scouting.
2.
a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army.
Origin of vedette
1680-1690
1680-90; < French < Italian vedetta outlook where a sentinel is posted, alteration of earlier veletta (of debated orig.) by association with vedere to see; see -ette
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Examples from the Web for vidette
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  • To his mind the red squirrel was apt to serve in place of a vidette.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The vidette party, of whom I was one, moved westward across the prairie.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • We keep our vidette stationed during the night as in the day.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • On reaching this point I caught view of the cliff where I expected to see the vidette.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Loud and angry was the summons of the French vidette, startled sorely.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard
  • A vidette dashed into the village with the news at midnight.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • "He is still upon Catawba, tending northwards," replied the vidette.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy
  • About four o'clock, Sergeant Hasler woke me up to go on vidette post.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • This left great gaps in my line of breastworks, unprotected by anything save a vidette or two.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson
  • The rest of us descended, and after looking to the muffling of our horses, returned to the station of the vidette upon the hill.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for vidette

vidette

/vɪˈdɛt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of vedette

vedette

/vɪˈdɛt/
noun
1.
(navy) Also called vedette boat. a small patrol vessel
2.
(military) Also called vidette. a mounted sentry posted forward of a formation's position
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian vedetta (influenced by vedere to see), from earlier veletta, perhaps from Spanish vela watch, from velar to keep vigil, from Latin vigilāre
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Word Origin and History for vidette
n.

1680s, from French vidette, from Italian (Florentine) vedetta "watch tower, peep hole," from vedere "to see" (see vista).

vedette

n.

"mounted sentinel placed in advance of an outpost," 1680s, from French vedette, from Italian vedetta, probably from vedere "to see" (see vista).

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