une vedette (vuh-det) noun, feminine
1. (movie) star
2. patrol boat
en vedette = in the limelight
une vedette de cinema = a movie star
avoir la vedette = to be in the spotlight, in the headlines
jouer les vedettes = to act like a star
mettre en vedette = to put emphasis on, to put in evidence (product)
ravir la vedette à quelqu'un = to steal the show from someone
partager la vedette = to share the limelight (with someone)
Citation du Jour:
Une vedette, c'est quelqu'un qui travaille dur pour être connu et qui, ensuite, porte des lunettes noires pour qu'on ne le reconnaisse pas.
A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognised. --Fred Allen
A Day in a French Life...
Recommended Reading: don't miss the story, now a book, that originally accompanied this edition and included the following vocabulary:
le mistral (m) = a cold, dry wind in S. of France; une camionnette (f) = a small van; le banc (m) = bench; ordinaire = ordinary; hyper = very; le petit coin (m) = the bathroom; Allez-y = Go ahead; refait = redone (surgically); tape-à-l'oeil (from tapper à l'oeil = to hit the eye)
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