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noun pro·file \ˈprō-ˌfī(-ə)l\

: the shape of a head or face that is seen or drawn from the side

: the shape of something that is seen against a background

: a brief written description that provides information about someone or something

Full Definition of PROFILE

1
:  a representation of something in outline; especially :  a human head or face represented or seen in a side view
2
:  an outline seen or represented in sharp relief :  contour
3
:  a side or sectional elevation: as
a :  a drawing showing a vertical section of the ground
b :  a vertical section of a soil from the ground surface to the underlying unweathered material
4
:  a set of data often in graphic form portraying the significant features of something <a corporation's earnings profile>; especially :  a graph representing the extent to which an individual exhibits traits or abilities as determined by tests or ratings
5
:  a concise biographical sketch
6
:  degree or level of public exposure <trying to keep a low profile> <a job with a high profile>

Examples of PROFILE

  1. His profile is very unusual.
  2. An image of the President's profile appears on the coin.
  3. I read a profile of her in a magazine.

Origin of PROFILE

Italian profilo, from profilare to draw in outline, from pro- forward (from Latin) + filare to spin, from Late Latin — more at file
First Known Use: 1645

Synonym Discussion of PROFILE

outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass <traced the outline of his hand>. contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled <a car with flowing contours>. profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background <a portrait of her face in profile>. silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined <photograph in silhouette against a bright sky>.

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

2profile

verb

: to give a brief description that provides information about (someone or something)

pro·filedpro·fil·ing

Full Definition of PROFILE

transitive verb
1
:  to represent in profile or by a profile :  produce (as by drawing, writing, or graphing) a profile of
2
:  to shape the outline of by passing a cutter around
3
:  to subject to profiling
pro·fil·er noun

Examples of PROFILE

  1. The mayor was profiled in the magazine last month.

First Known Use of PROFILE

1715
PROFILED Defined for Kids

profile

noun pro·file \ˈprō-ˌfīl\

Definition of PROFILE for Kids

1
:  something (as a head or a mountain) seen or drawn from the side
2
:  a level of activity that draws attention <As an actress, she can't avoid a high profile.>

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