One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A mounted sentry positioned beyond an army's outposts to observe the movements of the enemy.
watchman, guard, watch, sentry, sentinel, night watchman, scout, picketView synonyms
- ‘For many of the campaigns of history sentries, or larger security parties constituting infantry pickets or cavalry vedettes, did not habitually fire on one another.’
2A leading star of stage, screen, or television.‘he's now a big-time TV vedette’
- ‘Casting to type and then some, Ozon puts each of his vedettes through her paces, then rewards her with a song.’
- ‘Hhe has been offered upwards of $200 for his all-access pass by teenagers eager to get up close and personal with some of their fave vedettes.’
- ‘The businessman, played by 1970s vedette Donald Piton, also demands a hefty bribe.’
- ‘Ageing vedette Michèle Richard has launched no shortage of outrageous controversy and this year found her at her most inspired.’
- ‘Two exciting vedettes who regularly shop at his store: Michel Pagliaro and Bruno Pelletier.’
- ‘The vedette has partnered with cosmetics giant Coty in coming out with a collection of eau de toilette, body lotion and shower gel.’
- ‘A few exciting vedettes he has rubbed shoulders with nevertheless: Angela Bassett, Sly Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Ed Norton, James Caan.’
- ‘The vedette in question has a house on the beach there and the context of the script demanded that she be filmed on the beach with a boy.’
Late 17th century: from French, literally ‘scout’, from an alteration of southern Italian veletta, perhaps based on Spanish velar ‘keep watch’.
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