What does the word vignette mean?

Usage examples for vignette

  1. There was a crackling as of broken glass under my feet, and stooping down I picked up a richly- stained fragment: it bore a portion of that much- revered sign, the pelican giving her young to eat of her own flesh and blood- the sign which Puseyism and Popery equally agree in regarding as adequately expressive of their doctrine of the real presence, and which our Scottish Episcopalians have so recently adopted as the characteristic vignette of their service- book. – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  2. There was a little vignette of Bewick's, which he had loved as a child, where a minute figure sits in a tiny horned and winged car, in mid air, throwing out with a free gesture the reins attached to the bodies of a flight of cranes; the only symbol of his destination a crescent moon, shining in dark skies beyond him. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
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