vignette

Part of speech: noun

A running ornament of leaves and tendrils.

Part of speech: noun

An engraving, or the like, having a background that is shaded off gradually.

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Usage examples "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", Hugh Miller.
  2. They first appeared in the Bijou for 1828, accompanying a vignette by Thomas Stothard of two knights, mounted, and in complete armor, engaged in deadly conflict. - "The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood", Thomas Hood.
  3. 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", Arthur Christopher Benson.