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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cameo
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cameo appearance (=a short appearance in a film or play by a well-known actor or person )
▪ Alfred Hitchcock always made a cameo appearance in his own films.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
appearance
▪ Rumours suggesting that Shane MacGowan is likely to make cameo appearances could not be confirmed.
▪ Numerous cartoon stars make cameo appearances and Kathleen Turner is the voice of Jessica Rabbit.
▪ Dave did make a cameo appearance in his kayak to run it but quickly reverted back to the raft.
▪ Wilson makes a memorable cameo appearance showing some serious cleavage as a cocktail waitress who attempts to seduce Guy.
▪ Today he is more of a celebrity than an actor, making cameo appearances, commercials and turning up at premières.
▪ Running back Terry Kirby made only a cameo appearance.
role
▪ Joanna had hoped to play a cameo role ... but pressure of time meant she couldn't.
▪ The villainous Darth Vader also plays a cameo role.
■ VERB
make
▪ Rumours suggesting that Shane MacGowan is likely to make cameo appearances could not be confirmed.
▪ Numerous cartoon stars make cameo appearances and Kathleen Turner is the voice of Jessica Rabbit.
▪ Dave did make a cameo appearance in his kayak to run it but quickly reverted back to the raft.
▪ Wilson makes a memorable cameo appearance showing some serious cleavage as a cocktail waitress who attempts to seduce Guy.
▪ Today he is more of a celebrity than an actor, making cameo appearances, commercials and turning up at premières.
▪ Running back Terry Kirby made only a cameo appearance.
play
▪ Joanna had hoped to play a cameo role ... but pressure of time meant she couldn't.
▪ But he doesn't want to play a cameo.
▪ He played one Blimpish cameo in a short-lived play in Birmingham and a couple of small parts in television plays.
▪ The villainous Darth Vader also plays a cameo role.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Danny DeVito made a cameo appearance as a lawyer.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But he doesn't want to play a cameo.
▪ From rings she went on to study and catalogue collections of cameos and other jewels from antiquity to the present.
▪ His looming cameo proclaims sweet innocence, and through the next two-hours we will endure several sightings of his ghost.
▪ Iggy Pop has a cameo as a bordello patron named Rat Face.
▪ In my time a cameo set in pearls was thought sufficient.
▪ Joanna had hoped to play a cameo role ... but pressure of time meant she couldn't.
▪ Little cameos come to mind: The glorious greens of the rolling countryside in the slanting rays of the evening sun.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cameo

Cameo \Cam"e*o\ (k[a^]m"[-e]*[-o]), n.; pl. Cameos (k[a^]m"[-e]*[=o]z). [It. cammeo; akin to F. cam['e]e, cama["i]eu, Sp. camafeo, LL. camaeus, camahutus; of unknown origin.] A carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like.

Note: Most cameos are carved in a material which has layers of different colors, such stones as the onyx and sardonyx, and various kinds of shells, being used. The classical cameos made in Italy are carved on a seashell (see cameo conch, below), having an olive figure carved from the inner layer of the shell in relief on the white background of the outer layer of the shell.

Cameo conch (Zo["o]l.), a large, marine, univalve shell, esp. Cassis cameo, Cassis rua, and allied species, used for cutting cameos. See Quern conch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
cameo

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, which is 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.

Wiktionary
cameo

n. 1 A piece of jewelry, etc., carved in relief. 2 A single very brief appearance, especially by a prominent celebrity in a movie or song. vb. To appear in a cameo role.

WordNet
cameo

n. engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)

Wikipedia
Cameo (band)

Cameo is an American soul-influenced funk group that formed in the early 1970s. Cameo was initially a 14-member group known as the New York City Players; this name was later changed to Cameo to avoid a lawsuit from Ohio Players, another group from that era.

As of 2009, some of the original members continue to perform together, while two others were hired by the hip hop group Outkast. In 2015, Cameo announced a new residency show at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, opening March 2016.

Cameo (apple)

Cameo is a cultivar of apple, discovered by chance by the Caudle family in a Dryden, Washington orchard in 1987. Its parentage is uncertain; it may be a cross between ' Red Delicious' and ' Golden Delicious', since it was found near orchards of those fruits; it also appears similar to the original 'Delicious' cultivar. It is bright red striped over creamy orange, firm and crisp with an aromatic flavor. It is among the top nine most grown apples in Washington state.

Cameo

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Cameo (carving)

Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image. Originally, and still in discussing historical work, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colours met, removing all the first colour except for the image to leave a contrasting background.

Today the term may be used very loosely for objects with no colour contrast, and other, metaphorical, terms have developed, such as cameo appearance. This derives from another generalized meaning that has developed, the cameo as an image of a head in an oval frame in any medium, such as a photograph.

Cameo (album)

Cameo is the eighth studio album released by singer Dusty Springfield. Cameo is her first LP for the ABC Dunhill Records label. It was recorded in the States between July and October 1972 and released in the UK (by Philips Records) in May 1973, having appeared in the States some three months earlier. Cameo was produced by Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter who later went on to write and produce major hits for among others Glen Campbell, The Four Tops and The Tavares. The album also included material written by Alan O'Day, David Gates, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Van Morrison and among the all-star line up of musicians contributing were Hal Blaine, Paul Humphrey, Larry Carlton, Wilton Felder, Carol Kaye, Victor Feldman, Michael Omartian, Venetta Fields and Clydie King.

While Cameo was only a moderate critical success and a commercial failure in 1973 – charting neither in the UK nor the US – it has since been re-evaluated by both fans and music critics alike and is now often cited as one of the highlights of Springfield's recording career alongside 1969's Dusty in Memphis. A planned second album on the ABC Dunhill label with the working title of Elements (eventually re-titled Longing), was started, but never finished, due to Springfield's personal problems at the time. Most of the uncompleted album Longing can also be found on the Hip-O Records compilation Beautiful Soul, released in the United States in 2001.

Cameo was digitally remastered and released on CD for the first time in Europe by Mercury/ Universal Music in 2002, though not containing any bonus tracks. Due to its relative obscurity upon the LP's initial release in 1973, Cameo is considered to be one of the rarer titles of Springfield's official catalogue/discography, and hard to find on any format, though its increased popularity in recent years due to the CD release and digital music file sharing has alleviated that difficulty to a good degree.

Usage examples of "cameo".

It was the head of a mediaeval saint, austere and beautiful, sharp as a cameo against its own black shadow.

Inside, Judy Cuttle had done what she could to turn a mobile home into an Edwardian farmhouse, complete with antimacassars and rusty photos in bamboo frames of geezers in waistcoats and glum women in cameoes.

When it was time for dinner, Houston was dressed in pale green silk faille with a green net overlay embroidered with cut-steel bugle beads, a large pink cameo at her waist.

The sienna suede jacket, pencil-legged faded denims, and white tank top were too severe for her cameo looks, but as Keri put it, she preferred leather over lace.

The museum comprehended an infinite number of medals, coins, urns, utensils, seals, cameos, intaglios, precious stones, vessels of agate and jasper, crystals, spars, fossils, metals, minerals, ore, earths, sands, salts, bitumens, sulphurs, ambergrise, talcs, mirre, testacea, corals, sponges, echini, echenites, asteri, trochi, crustatia, stellae marine, fishes, birds, eggs and nests, vipers, serpents, quadrupeds, insects, human calculi, anatomical preparations, seeds, gums, roots, dried plants, pictures, drawings, and mathematical instruments.

At a candlelit chapel, a sculpture of the Veiled Christ moved me to tears, and at a cameo factory in the Sulfatara, he bought me a pair of earrings.

The cameo face had never been stiller, more concentrated, more commanding.

It was a modest affair: a smooth wedge of obsidian shaped like a metronome, undecorated save for two cameo portraits set in elliptical borders.

She snapped her head around to stare at him, her cameo features twisted by a gloating smile, and that smile told Eliot everything he had wanted to know about the possibility of escape.

Matt Joyson proceeded to develop for the troupe a cameo drama which played to extremely limited houses, but with more profit to the performers than any production in which they had previously appeared.

Saint gasped with reverent wonder as he looked at the cameo head carved on the unbelievable gem.

Oriental craftsman who had chiseled those features which were the essence of beautythat wily fellow had breathed upon the cameo gem a curse.

Yamato sat next to me, most of the time holding the little gift box with the earrings in it, like a mystical artifact from his heart I had a gift box, too, with an onyx cameo showing a smiling woman, who I hoped would be Natelle.

In fact, she thought, as she removed the lovely cameo, she was pleased to be back at the hotel.

Placing the delicate cameo on the dresser, Jenna turned around to speak.