or vi·dette

[ vi-det ]
/ vɪˈdɛt /

noun History/Historical.

Also called vedette boat. a small naval launch used for scouting.
a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army.

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Origin of vedette

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vedette


/ (vɪˈdɛt) /


Also called: vedette boat navy a small patrol vessel
Also called: vidette military a mounted sentry posted forward of a formation's position

Word Origin for vedette

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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