cameo

If your friend gives you a piece of jewelry that has a raised carving of a face in profile showing all the curves and shapes, that’s called a cameo.

Often used to show a person’s head in profile, a cameo typically has two layers of color: one color for the subject and another one for the background. The detail is depicted not by color or shades but instead by the raised design, which is called a relief. A cameo is typically used for a piece of jewelry, such as a ring or a brooch, and it has an ornate, old-fashioned quality. You may have seen this type of jewelry depicted in Victorian paintings or possibly worn by your great grandmother.

Primary Meanings of cameo

1.
n
engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)
2.
n
a brief appearance by a well-known actor in a movie or play
Full Definitions of cameo
1

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

Type of:
anaglyph
anything carved in low relief
2

n a brief appearance by a well-known actor in a movie or play

Type of:
character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

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