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.

Nearby words

  1. vedaism,
  2. vedalia,
  3. vedanta,
  4. vedda,
  5. veddoid,
  6. vedic,
  7. vee,
  8. veeck,
  9. veeck, bill,
  10. veejay

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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Word Origin and History for vedette



"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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