vedette

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

First recorded in 1680–90; from French, from Italian vedetta “outlook where a sentinel is posted,” alteration of earlier veletta (of debated origin) by association with vedere “to see”; see -ette

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British Dictionary definitions for vedette

vedette
/ (vɪˈdɛt) /

noun

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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