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silhouette

1silhouette

noun sil·hou·ette \ˌsi-lə-ˈwet\

: a dark shape in front of a light background

: a picture of something showing it as a dark shape on a light background; especially : such a picture showing a person's face from the side

: the shape or outline of something

Full Definition of SILHOUETTE

1
:  a likeness cut from dark material and mounted on a light ground or one sketched in outline and solidly colored in
2
:  the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass <the silhouette of a bird>

Examples of SILHOUETTE

  1. the silhouettes of buildings against the sky
  2. The buildings appeared in silhouette against the sky.
  3. My piano teacher has a framed silhouette of Mozart on her wall.
  4. a portrait of my mother done in silhouette
  5. He admired the sports car's sleek silhouette.

Origin of SILHOUETTE

French, from Étienne de Silhouette †1767 French controller general of finances; perhaps from his ephemeral tenure
First Known Use: 1783

Related to SILHOUETTE

Other Fine Arts Terms

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

2silhouette

transitive verb

: to make (someone or something) appear as a dark shape in front of a light background

silhouett·edsilhouett·ing

Full Definition of SILHOUETTE

:  to represent by a silhouette; also :  to project on a background like a silhouette
sil·hou·et·tist \-ˈwe-tist\ noun

Examples of SILHOUETTE

  1. <in the photograph the majestic mountain is strikingly silhouetted against the setting sun>

First Known Use of SILHOUETTE

1876

Other Fine Arts Terms

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

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