- Also called vedette boat. a small naval launch used for scouting.
- a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army.
Origin of vedette
Examples from the Web for vidette
Historical Examples of vidette
To his mind the red squirrel was apt to serve in place of a vidette.Pathfinder
We keep our vidette stationed during the night as in the day.
The vidette party, of whom I was one, moved westward across the prairie.
On reaching this point I caught view of the cliff where I expected to see the vidette.
Loud and angry was the summons of the French vidette, startled sorely.With the Black Prince
William Osborn Stoddard
- a variant spelling of vedette
- 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
1680s, from French vidette, from Italian (Florentine) vedetta "watch tower, peep hole," from vedere "to see" (see vista).
"mounted sentinel placed in advance of an outpost," 1680s, from French vedette, from Italian vedetta, probably from vedere "to see" (see vista).