(vĭn-yĕtʹ) noun. 1. A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page. 2. An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges. 3. a. A short, usually descriptive literary sketch. b. A short scene or incident, as from a movie. verb, transitive. 1.To soften the edges of (a picture) in vignette style. 2. To describe in a brief way, vignet: a vignette of vine leaves at the end of every chapter, vignet daun-daun anggur di bahagian akhir setiap bab; a vignette of my grandmother as a girl, vignet nenek saya semasa dia gadis; a vignette of family life, vignet kehidupan sebuah keluarga.