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noun high·light \ˈhī-ˌlīt\

Simple Definition of highlight

  • : something (such as an event or a detail) that is very interesting, exciting, or important : the best part of something

  • : a light spot or area

Full Definition of highlight

  1. 1 :  the lightest spot or area (as in a painting) :  any of several spots in a modeled drawing or painting that receives the greatest amount of illumination

  2. 2 :  something (as an event or detail) that is of major significance or special interest

Examples of highlight

  1. I missed the game, but I saw the highlights on the evening news.

Circa 1889

First Known Use of highlight

circa 1889

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verb high·light

Simple Definition of highlight

  • : to make or try to make people notice or be aware of (someone or something) : to direct attention to (someone or something)

  • : to be a very interesting, exciting, or important part of (something)

  • : to mark (something, such as text) with a bright color

Full Definition of highlight


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw a strong light on

  3. 2 a :  to center attention on b :  to constitute a highlight of

  4. 3 a :  to mark (text) with a highlighter b :  to cause (as text or an icon) to be displayed in a way that stands out on a computer screen

Examples of highlight

  1. Unfortunately, the media insisted upon highlighting his troubled past.

  2. Our trip was highlighted by a great jazz concert we attended.

  3. The students highlighted important vocabulary words in their textbooks.

  4. Important names and dates in each chapter are highlighted.


First Known Use of highlight


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February 13, 2016

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