low·​light | \ ˈlō-ˌlīt How to pronounce lowlight (audio) \
plural lowlights

Definition of lowlight

1 : a particularly bad or unpleasant event, detail, or part
2 : an area of the hair made a darker color (as through the application of chemical substances) usually pluralAnd 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

Examples of lowlight in a Sentence

That meal turned out to be one of the lowlights of our vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no depth-sensing lidar scanner, which enables lowlight portraits. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "The Case for a $700 Smartphone," 25 Oct. 2020 The impressive lowlight mode can take pictures in situations typically too dark for photography. Washington Post, "IPhone 12 first look: What’s tempting, and what Apple failed to mention," 14 Oct. 2020 Altuve's two throwing errors were the lowlight of Houston's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 on Monday, with his first error prolonging the first inning and leading directly to Manuel Margot's decisive three-run homer. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Altuve's 2 early throwing errors doom Astros in ALCS Game 2," 12 Oct. 2020 What does sound promising: The phone’s lowlight capture feature, Night Sight, is now available in Portrait mode. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "Google Unveils 5G Pixel Phones, Nest Audio Smart Speaker and First Chromecast With Remote," 30 Sep. 2020 The rainout here was only the least of the lowlights. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kallmann: For racing in the era of coronavirus, passion and desperation aren't always enough to overcome frustration," 17 May 2020 The highlight — lowlight actually — of the return trip came when the Falcon broke down outside a Howard Johnson’s on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Time, memory and mistaken identity -- mine -- about a photograph in the rain at Woodstock," 23 Aug. 2019 Viewers will get ample reminders of other lowlights: Prisoners at Abu Ghraib naked and hooded, forced to stand on boxes. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "PBS special depicts George W. Bush impatient with diplomacy after 9/11: ‘F--- it, we’re going to war’," 3 May 2020 Video footage, taken with a 140-degree angle lens, works well even in lowlight and doesn’t distort or have a fisheye look. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Underwater Cameras for Every Situation—From Waterfalls to Deep Sea Dives," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lowlight

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Nov 2020

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“Lowlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowlight. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowlight

US : something (such as an event or a detail) that is very unpleasant or dull : the worst part of something

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