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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAMEO

I had not my veil on, nor my rings, and my cameo belt was not fastened.

At her throat, she had a cameo, and on her left hand, an amethyst set in tiny pearls.

Here is money and here is the cameo you have so often admired.

And she detached the cameo which fastened the peplum upon her shoulder.

“And Miss Murgatroyd could have sailed away in her cameo,” he said.

The dear cameo lay on her bosom, but not heaving proudly as of old.

The intaglio work on this side is not equal to that in cameo, on the other.

We can never hope to reach the spot where the cameo was lost.

Now then, you pick out the purse and show me this thing you call a cameo.

Her beautiful face gleamed like a cameo against the darkness.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., kaadmaheu, camew, chamehieux and many other spellings (from early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), "carved precious stone with two layers of colors," from Old French camaieu and directly from Medieval Latin cammaeus, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qamaa'il "flower buds," or Persian chumahan "agate." Transferred sense of "small character or part that stands out from other minor parts" in a play, etc., is from 1928, from earlier meaning "short literary sketch or portrait" (1851), a transferred sense from cameo silhouettes.

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