high·​light | \ ˈhī-ˌlīt How to pronounce highlight (audio) \
plural highlights

Definition of highlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something (such as an event or detail) that is of major significance or special interest Visiting the Alps was a highlight of their trip to Europe.
b : a summary of the most significant or interesting parts of something (such as a completed sporting event) presented typically on a television broadcast usually plural watched highlights of the night's games
2 : a spot or area that is lighter than surrounding spots or areas: such as
a : the lightest part or one of the lightest parts of a painting, drawing, etc. especially : one that depicts the areas of the subject receiving the greatest amount of illumination added highlights to the painting used white pencil for the highlights and charcoal for the shadows
b : a lighter area of the hair specifically : such an area created artificially (as through the application of chemical substances) usually plural brown hair with blond highlights


highlighted; highlighting

Definition of highlight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to throw a strong light on highlighting featured merchandise on the shelves
2a : to center attention on : emphasize, stress The speech will highlight the need for education reform.
b : to constitute a significant or especially interesting part of : to constitute a highlight of His trip to Europe was highlighted by a visit to Vatican City.
3a : to mark (text) with a highlighter
b : to cause (something, such as text or an icon) to be displayed in a way that stands out on an electronic screen (as of a computer or smartphone) highlighted the sentence and deleted it

Examples of highlight in a Sentence

Noun I missed the game, but I saw the highlights on the evening news. Verb Unfortunately, the media insisted upon highlighting his troubled past. Our trip was highlighted by a great jazz concert we attended. The students highlighted important vocabulary words in their textbooks. Important names and dates in each chapter are highlighted.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brennan: One part of this ecosystem is the highlight reel, which was in its prime in the 1990s. Matt Brennantelevision Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Rookie forward NaLyssa Smith held her own against Cambage, who still shot 8-of-11, and provided some highlight-reel plays on offense. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2022 The Tigers' defense was shifted for both highlight-reel plays. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 The video plays as a practical highlight reel of the last few years of Lil Nas’s career, while also showing dreamy visuals of a massive theater teeming with overgrown plant life. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 26 Apr. 2022 Ryan provided a highlight-reel goal down the stretch with a behind-the-back finish in tight. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2022 Pache shines: Cristian Pache displayed his range with highlight-reel catches in the right- and left-center field gaps. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2022 Three-time All-Star Booker is also a high leaper who can rip in highlight-reel dunks, and McCollum's quick jab step moves off the dribble effectively give him separation to sink pull-up jumpers. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2022 Cooper Hjerpe had another dominant outing in what is becoming a special season, the offense found its mojo late and the defense made multiple highlight-reel plays as the Beavers beat the Dirtbags 8-2 to earn their sixth consecutive win. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hour-long drama series will highlight the journey of how the pseudonymous IG account began. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 11 May 2022 Each episode will highlight a different family and theme. Okla Jones, Essence, 6 May 2022 The White House said GE Aviation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Siemens Energy have agreed to take part in the program, which Biden will highlight during a visit to United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio. Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 The White House said GE Aviation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Siemens Energy have agreed to take part in the program, which Biden will highlight during a visit to United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio. CBS News, 6 May 2022 The villa’s guest list is as closely guarded as the grounds, but with some of the top athletes, actors, musicians and models becoming PM regulars one quick look on Instagram will highlight some of their guests. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Besides crowning Cincinnati's best celebrity dancer, this year's contest will also highlight a Fundraising Champion, who will be picked for raising the most money through table/ticket sales and donations. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 Each episode will also highlight a local independent bookstore discussing what books are selling in their region. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Tuesday’s celebration will highlight the partnership between the community and its college. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of highlight


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Highlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlight. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for highlight


high·​light | \ ˈhī-ˌlīt How to pronounce highlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of highlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very interesting event or detail He mentioned the highlights of his trip.


highlighted; highlighting

Kids Definition of highlight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : emphasize The speech highlighted the problems we face.
2 : to be an interesting event or detail Dinner highlighted the evening.
3 : to mark with a highlighter Highlight your spelling words.
4 : to cause (something on a computer screen) to be displayed in a way that stands out

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