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cameo (noun) a short role for a famous actor in a movie or in a play; a short piece of writing elaborating something; a jewel with a raised figure or design on a background of a different color.
A short role done by a famous actor in a movie or in a play is a cameo, or a cameo role. Sometimes described as 'a special appearance,' a cameo role is the appearance of a well-known actor in a short role. Actors of real talent do impress us as outstanding, even in the cameo roles they act, though such roles are short. A piece of writing, which, though short, gives a good description of something is a cameo. In spite of its shortness, it gives us the needed information. Good cameos are highly appreciated. A piece of jewelry or a shell carved with a raised design against a different colored background is a cameo. Cameos are usually sold in places of tourist interest even by peddlars. Of course, the cameos the peddlers sell may not be of much worth.
- A cameo role, though short, gives enough opportunity for a really talented actor, to exhibit their histrionics.
- Surprisingly enough, the short piece of writing, produced by the tourist organization, has proved to be a cameo, giving within a short space, a good description of the tourist spot.
- The cameo brooch, a nice piece of jewelry, with the head of an angel in a raised design against a dark background attracted all the bidders at the auction, and fetched $200,000.