low·​light ˈlō-ˌlīt How to pronounce lowlight (audio)
plural lowlights
: a particularly bad or unpleasant event, detail, or part
: an area of the hair made a darker color (as through the application of chemical substances)
usually plural
And his last rule of thumb is to start with a neutral, all-over color—without it, your highlights and lowlights won't pop.Rachel Nussbaum

Example Sentences

That meal turned out to be one of the lowlights of our vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web That was definitely both a highlight and a lowlight. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 Career lowlights Six-game suspension: In 2017, after a long legal dispute, Elliott was suspended six games for violations to the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2023 Is the Milwaukee Bucks' stunning five-game loss to the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs the most crushing lowlight in Wisconsin sports history? Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 These days the debates are as much of an annual tradition as awards season itself: the conversations about the extravagant ceremonies’ relevance, the red carpets’ highlights — and lowlights — and, of course, just how long the shows seem to run. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 11 Mar. 2023 Color your hair through highlights, lowlights, or balayage. Christina Oehler, Health, 5 Apr. 2023 The gap between the highlights and lowlights widens further. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2023 While the overall unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent from the previous 5.4 percent, the unemployment rate for black Americans was also a lowlight, rising from 8.2 percent to 8.8 percent while the unemployment rate for whites dropped from 4.8 percent to 4.5 percent. Walter Myers Iii, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 The lowlight for Prescott came early in the second quarter after two nearly identical throws to the right. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lowlight was in 1882

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“Lowlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowlight. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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