a decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border.
a decorative design representing branches, leaves, grapes, or the like, as in a manuscript.
any small, pleasing picture or view.
a small, graceful literary sketch.
Photography. to finish (a picture, photograph, etc.) in the manner of a vignette.
- vi·gnet·tist, noun
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How to use vignette in a sentence
Probably the most charming movie of the year, The Truffle Hunters unfolds as a series of vignettes documenting the lives of several older men and their dogs.11 compelling documentaries to watch for this fall | Alissa Wilkinson | October 9, 2020 | Vox
For example, it declines to acknowledge that fake news is disproportionately shared by people who are older and more conservative, and the dramatized vignettes about polarization feature a vague movement called the “extreme center.”Does Social Media Poison Everything? - Facts So Romantic | Scott Koenig | October 6, 2020 | Nautilus
The film dramatizes the runaway consequences of this profit strategy—ranging from mental health issues to ideological radicalization—with periodic vignettes of a fictional family struggling to navigate their digital landscape.Does Social Media Poison Everything? - Facts So Romantic | Scott Koenig | October 6, 2020 | Nautilus
Eve Harrington’s origins story is a humble tale of hardscrabble survival, anchored by vignettes of farm life in Wisconsin, a grueling stint as a secretary in a brewery, and an ill-starred marriage to a now-perished war-hero.
In reality, most home offices are less picture-perfect, despite what design catalogs or enviable vignettes on Instagram suggest.
The healthcare vignette provides us a textbook example of how the GOP has retreated into policy fantasyland.
The costumes and settings are worthy of a full-length feature, and the creepy possessiveness of the song adds to the vignette.Arctic Monkeys, Foxes & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO) | Victoria Kezra | August 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rereading that review I linked to above, I opened it with a vignette that is still clear as a bell in my mind's eye.
In the second act, a trio of ballet dancers from the New York City Ballet will appear in a vignette dedicated to cotton candy.
Yet another vignette has the Hope-wrapped Bündchen breaking the news that the mother-in-law is moving in.
The magazines sketch us a lively article, the newspapers vignette us, step by step, a royal tour.
In memory of the late lamented general the present five-peso bank notes bear his vignette.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
See also the vignette on title page, copied from an alabaster slab in the Collegio Romano, originally from the Catacombs.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
He inquired in what style I wished to be taken, whether full-length, half-length, or vignette. 'The Talking Horse | F. Anstey
In some instances they partake much more of the character of a vignette than a tradesmans mark.Printers' Marks | William Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for vignette
a small illustration placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter
a short graceful literary essay or sketch
a photograph, drawing, etc, with edges that are shaded off
architect a carved ornamentation that has a design based upon tendrils, leaves, etc
any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc
to finish (a photograph, picture, etc) with a fading border in the form of a vignette
to decorate with vignettes
to portray in or as in a vignette
- vignettist, noun
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