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Meaning of cameo

cam•e•o

Pronunciation: (kam'ē-ō"), [key]
— pl. cam•e•os.
  1. a technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone, as onyx, in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color.
  2. a gem or other stone so engraved.
  3. a literary sketch, small dramatic scene, or the like, that effectively presents or depicts its subject.
  4. Also calleda minor part played by a prominent performer in a single scene of a motion picture or a television play.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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