- a technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone, as onyx, in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color.
- a gem or other stone so engraved.
- a literary sketch, small dramatic scene, or the like, that effectively presents or depicts its subject.
- Also called cameo role. a minor part played by a prominent performer in a single scene of a motion picture or a television play.
Origin of cameo
Examples from the Web for cameo
Tarantino would later cast Chiba in a cameo as legendary sword maker Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill: Vol.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
[Laughs] I was down there watching him for a while—I did a cameo with him at the end of the film—and he was very funny.R.L. Stine’s Secret to Scaring the Crap Out of Kids
October 3, 2014
I went to Siena, which was cast as Perugia, for a cameo role as a television journalist in the film.What It's Like to Watch Kate Beckinsale Play You in a Movie
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 3, 2014
The film stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, and features a cameo by Johnny Depp.Watch the Best Footage From Comic-Con ‘14: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Batman v Superman,’ More
July 27, 2014
Heck, I even remember his cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective back in the early '90s —this guy was a hero back when I was a kid.Should Dan Marino Have Sued the NFL Over Concussions?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 3, 2014
I had not my veil on, nor my rings, and my cameo belt was not fastened.My Double Life
At her throat, she had a cameo, and on her left hand, an amethyst set in tiny pearls.Rope
Here is money and here is the cameo you have so often admired.The Tale Of Mr. Peter Brown - Chelsea Justice
V. Sackville West
And she detached the cameo which fastened the peplum upon her shoulder.King Candaules
“And Miss Murgatroyd could have sailed away in her cameo,” he said.The Mistress of Shenstone
Florence L. Barclay
- a medallion, as on a brooch or ring, with a profile head carved in relief
- (as modifier)a cameo necklace
- an engraving upon a gem or other stone of at least two differently coloured layers, such as sardonyx, so carved that the background is of a different colour from the raised design
- a stone with such an engraving
- a single and often brief dramatic scene played by a well-known actor or actress in a film or television play
- (as modifier)a cameo role
- a short literary work or dramatic sketch
- (as modifier)a cameo sketch
Word Origin and History for cameo
early 15c., kaadmaheu, camew, chamehieux and many other spellings (from early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), "carved precious stone with two layers of colors," from Old French camaieu and directly from Medieval Latin cammaeus, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qamaa'il "flower buds," or Persian chumahan "agate." Transferred sense of "small character or part that stands out from other minor parts" in a play, etc., is from 1928, from earlier meaning "short literary sketch or portrait" (1851), a transferred sense from cameo silhouettes.