- 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.
Origin of vignette
Examples from the Web for vignette
Contemporary Examples of vignette
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)
August 16, 2013
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.Jack Germond and the Old Days
August 14, 2013
In the second act, a trio of ballet dancers from the New York City Ballet will appear in a vignette dedicated to cotton candy.Inside Will Cotton's Candy World
November 2, 2011
Historical Examples of vignette
The vignette was probably designed to illustrate some other work.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Clarence gazed at the vignette of the track behind them formed by the hood of the rear.A Waif of the Plains
The Title-page is embellished with a vignette of a shipwreck.
The illustrated Title-page is embellished with a vignette, "Villeneuve," engr.
Upon the other side was a vignette—a picture of Dolores, the weeping saint of Mexico!The War Trail
- 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
Word Origin for vignette
1751, "decorative design," originally a design in the form of vine tendrils around the borders of a book page, especially a picture page, from French vignette, from Old French diminutive of vigne "vineyard" (see vine). Sense transferred from the border to the picture itself, then (1853) to a type of small photographic portrait with blurred edges very popular mid-19c. Meaning "literary sketch" is first recorded 1880, probably from the photographic sense.