back·​lit ˈbak-ˌlit How to pronounce backlit (audio)
: lit from behind
a backlit photograph/scene
a backlit display

Examples of backlit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her backlit red-headed look in the ‘70s (picture her 1973 Duke Ellington tribute) was her intro to more pigmented colors, like green shadows at her 35th birthday. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 Mar. 2024 The case includes a trackpad, a kickstand cover for the tablet, and a backlit keyboard, which comes in handy to write notes, compose emails, and enter passwords as a laptop alternative. Leon Kay and Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 15 July 2023 On deck 9, the ship’s buffet-like venue, The Eatery, gives way to narrower hallways toward the aft with backlit wood paneling and benches. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Its keyboard and trackpad are both solid, though they aren’t backlit—which for some might be a deal breaker. Kyle Barr / Gizmodo, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 Nearby, the formal dining room is decked out with backlit Italian quartzite wall panels behind floating glass shelves, another stone fireplace, and a high-gloss lacquered ceiling with ornamental antique molding. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2024 Both Chapman and Combs took to the stage clad in black, standing in place in front of a backlit wall of spotlights that almost, appropriately, resembled traffic lights. Audrey Gibbs, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Whilst wooden partridges and mice, wild greens, and backlit walls fill the open-plan lobby with marble tables, wicker armchairs, shiny handmade pottery, and a vast collection of Penguin books. Lewis Nunn, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 These programmable graphing calculators have backlit displays and are rechargable. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backlit was in 1956

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“Backlit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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