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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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  • Loud and angry was the summons of the French vidette, startled sorely.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
  • The vidette party, of whom I was one, moved westward across the prairie.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • At night a report came that a rebel detachment had got past the vidette guard and would most likely be heard from before morning.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • We keep our vidette stationed during the night as in the day.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Evidently Scotty was about to make some sort of move looking to the capture of the vidette.

  • To his mind the red squirrel was apt to serve in place of a vidette.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The army of mountaineers halted at Gilbert-town only until a vidette from Williams brought tidings of Ferguson's late movements.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • "He is still upon Catawba, tending northwards," replied the vidette.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • A stillness came upon them as she related the death of the vidette, her tones vibrating with tenderness and feeling.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • About four o'clock, Sergeant Hasler woke me up to go on vidette post.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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