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Vignette Definition

Vignettes are short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character or an idea. It could describe a scene or even describe a situation involving action. A vignette points to a style rather than any form.

Vignette Poem Example


The hand
ticks toward noon,
main street quiets,
a voice call out -
make my day

Brian Strand

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Other Vignette Definition

[n] a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
[n] a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
[n] a brief literary description



Misc. Definitions

\Vi*gnette"\, n. A picture, illustration, or depiction in words, esp. one of a small or dainty kind.
\Vi*gnette"\ (?; 277), n. [F. vignette, fr. vigne a vine. See {Vine}, and cf. {Vinette}.]
1. (Arch.) A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
2. A decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils, at the head of a chapter, of a manuscript or printed book, or in a similar position; hence, by extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as such pictures are often without a definite bounding line, any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
\Vi*gnette"\, v. t. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge insensibly fading away.

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