bokeh

noun
bo·​keh | \ˈbō-kā, -kə\

Definition of bokeh 

: the blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field Good bokeh is smooth and pleasing, whereas bad bokeh produces a jagged and discordant effect. … The quality of bokeh is largely dependent on the construction of the lens. For this reason, lenses that provide high-quality bokeh are prized.— Harold Davis

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Apple calls this Portrait mode, also known as the bokeh effect. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The iPhone X Is Cool. That Doesn’t Mean You Are Ready for It.," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bokeh

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bokeh

borrowed from Japanese boke "blur, haziness"

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