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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vi·gnette /vɪnˈjɛt, vin-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vi·gnette n.
 1. Arch. A running ornament consisting of leaves and tendrils, used in Gothic architecture.
 2. 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; hence, by extension, any small picture in a book; hence, also, as such pictures are often without a definite bounding line, any picture, as an engraving, a photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
 3. A picture, illustration, or depiction in words, esp. one of a small or dainty kind.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vi·gnette, v. t. To make, as an engraving or a photograph, with a border or edge insensibly fading away.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a brief literary description [syn: sketch]
      2: a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
      3: a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the
         beginning of chapters in books)