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meanings of vignette


  1. A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
  2. The central pictorial image on a postage stamp.
  3. A small sticker affixed to a vehicle windscreen to indicate that tolls have been paid.
  4. Any effect in a photographic picture where qualities vanish towards the edges.
  5. A short story or anecdote that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.
  6. 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.
  7. Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
  8. A hardware deficiency (even occurring in most expensive models) of a computer display wherein the picture slants towards a colour or brightness towards the edges especially if viewed from an angle.
  9. The characteristic of a camera lens, either by deficiency in design or by mismatch of the lens with the film format, to produce an image smaller than the film's frame with a crudely focused border. Photographers may deliberately choose this characteristic for a special effect.


  1. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge gradually fading away.