Vaudeville to Venus
Vaudeville (2 syl.). A corruption of Val de Vire, or in Old French, Vau de Vire, the native valley of
Oliver Basselin, a Norman poet, the founder of a certain class of convivial songs, which he called after
the name of his own valley. These songs are the basis of modern vaudeville.
Vaugirard The deputies of Vaugirard. Only one individual. This applies to all the false companies in which the promoter represents the directors, chairman, committee, and entire staff. The expression is founded on an incident in the reign of Charles VIII. of France: The usher announced to the king The deputies of Vaugirard. How many are there? asked the king. Only one, and please your majesty, was the answer. (See Tailors .)
Vauxhall or Fauxhall (2 syl.). Called after Jane Vaux, who held the copyhold tenement in 1615, and
was the widow of John Vaux, the vintner. Chambers says it was the manor of Fulke de Breauté, the mercenary
follower of King John, and that the word should be Fulke's Hall. Pepys calls it Fox Hall, and says the
entertainments there are mighty divertising. (Book of Days.)
Ve Brother of Odin and Vili. He was one of the three deities who took part in the creation of the world. (Scandinavian mythology.)
Mynheer Calf becomes Monsieur de Veau in the like manner. He is Saxon when he requires tendance, but takes a Norman name when he becomes matter of enjoyment.- Sir Walter Scott: Iranhoe.
Ve das or Vedams. The generic name of the four sacred books of the Hindus. It comprises (1) the Rig or Rish Veda, (2) Yajar or Yajush Veda, (3) the Sama or Saman Veda; and (4) the Atharvana or Ezour Veda. (Sanskrit, vid, know, Chaldee, yed-a; Hebrew, id-o, Greek, eid-o, Latin, video, etc.)
Veil At one time men wore veils, as St. Ambrose testifies. He speaks of the silken garments and the veils interwoven with gold, with which the bodies of rich men are encompassed. (St. Ambrose lived 340-397.)
Veiled Prophet of Khorassan The first poetical tale in Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh.
Vendemiiare (4 syl.), in the French Republican calendar, was from September 22 to October 21. The word means Vintage.
Vendetta The blood-feud, or duty of the nearest kin of a murdered man to kill the murderer. It prevails in Corsica, and exists in Sicily, Sardinia, and Calabria. It is preserved among the Druses, Circassians, Arabs, etc. (Latin, vindicta.)
Vendredi (French), Friday. (Latin, Veneris dies. Here Vener is metamorphosed into Vendre. The Italian is Venerdi.)
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