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

Definition of highlighter

1 : a cosmetic for making facial features (such as the cheekbones) appear lighter or brighter To enhance her natural beauty, the former model's complexion is glowing with a light, iridescent highlighter on her cheeks and a clear, glittery gloss on her lips.— Nicole Saunders
2 : a pen with a broad felt tip and brightly colored transparent ink for marking selected passages in a text At least 100 publications, from newspapers to scientific journals, come into the building daily, and the editors' scissors and highlighters are never idle.— Keith Henderson

Examples of highlighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, in episode three, Mindy wears a highlighter-hued dress that was previously worn by Blake Lively. Kelsie Gibson, PEOPLE.com, 22 Dec. 2021 Mindy, in a dress the color of a highlighter, knows better. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 The System with taps of her new Lunar Nude highlighter on the high points of the face. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 Becca's best-selling highlighter is incredibly popular, with more than 6,000 positive reviews. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2021 All the options are intended to make self-care and beauty fun but fast, like the 4-in-1 makeup brush and the blush, bronzer, and highlighter stacked compact. Medea Giordano, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Try the Hueglow liquid highlighter and definitely don't miss the Huestick in Found. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 25 Nov. 2021 For a few years, that highlighter bright, bratty, and brash green was everywhere. Katy Kelleher, refinery29.com, 21 Nov. 2021 Rosalía uses Azafrán from her eye palette to craft winged liner with a small brush, and applies the Maca highlighter from her Extra Dimension Skinfinish X 4: R Picks face palette to the tip of her nose and high points of her cheeks. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of highlighter

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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26 Jan 2022

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“Highlighter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlighter. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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