high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a broad felt tip and brightly colored transparent ink for marking selected passages in a text

Examples of highlighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although three powder highlighters may seem excessive, Hill believes each is essential to creating her signature glow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Jaclyn Hill's New Highlighters Brought Her Light During Her Darkest Time," 14 Nov. 2019 Kattan’s makeup line includes lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, foundation and highlighters among other products. Washington Post, "For Huda Kattan, beauty has become a billion-dollar business," 14 Oct. 2019 The in-ear headphones are available in three colors, including a rather eye-catching highlighter yellow. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Apple’s AirPods have little to fear from its rivals," 7 Oct. 2019 Her favorite products include Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, and Laura Mercier highlighter. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Getting Ready With Teen Track Star Sydney McLaughlin," 1 Aug. 2019 Together, the two created a bundle that included two matte lipsticks and a highlighter. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe What Manny MUA's Net Worth Is," 17 May 2019 Items needed include backpacks, calculators, pencils, erasers, ruled paper, binders, graphing paper, composition books and highlighters. Wendy Grove, Glendale News-Press, "GCC: ‘Pack-A-Backpack’ drive continues at Glendale Community College," 9 Sep. 2019 Kylie matched her entire outfit to her highlighter kicks just for this photo op. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Wears New Adidas Sneaker From Their '90s Revival Ozweego Collection," 5 Aug. 2019 From the welcome desk’s Seussian floral centerpiece to its array of highlighter-green goodie bags, In Bloom had a spring fling energy from the get-go. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "At Portland’s “Weed Prom,” Women Gathered to Celebrate and Strategize," 11 July 2019

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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How to pronounce highlighter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of highlighter

: a special pen with brightly colored ink that you can see through


high·​light·​er | \ ˈhī-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce highlighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of highlighter

: a pen with a wide felt tip and brightly colored ink for marking text on a page so that it stands out clearly

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