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vedette

[vi-det] /vɪˈdɛt/
noun, History/Historical
1.
Also called vedette boat. a small naval launch used for scouting.
2.
a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army.
Also, vidette.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < French < Italian vedetta outlook where a sentinel is posted, alteration of earlier veletta (of debated orig.) by association with vedere to see; see -ette
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vedette

/vɪˈdɛt/
noun
1.
(navy) Also called vedette boat. a small patrol vessel
2.
(military) Also called vidette. a mounted sentry posted forward of a formation's position
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian vedetta (influenced by vedere to see), from earlier veletta, perhaps from Spanish vela watch, from velar to keep vigil, from Latin vigilāre
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vedette

n.

"mounted sentinel placed in advance of an outpost," 1680s, from French vedette, from Italian vedetta, probably from vedere "to see" (see vista).

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