highlight

1 of 2

noun

high·​light ˈhī-ˌlīt How to pronounce highlight (audio)
plural highlights
1
a
: 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

highlight

2 of 2

verb

highlighted; highlighting; highlights

transitive verb

1
: to throw a strong light on
The moon highlighted the tree tops.
Outdoor lighting is an important part of any garden design, providing ambiance and highlighting key features like plants, water features, and walkways.East End Taste Magazine (online)
2
a
: 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 Italy was highlighted by a visit to the Colosseum.
The defending champion Bulldogs won three events, highlighted by Kowal's record in the 100-meter breaststroke …Harvey Araton
3
a
: to mark (text) with or as if with a highlighter (see highlighter sense 2)
Encourage them to keep a journal and to highlight important entries.Jessica Schrader
Whenever this pattern reversed itself, the numbers in Table 2 were highlighted in bold print.LuAnn Soliah et al.
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
By clicking on highlighted words, called hot links, you're instantly taken to other Internet sites that offer additional or related information.Victoria Von Biel
4
: to add highlights (see highlight entry 1 sense 2b) to (hair)
Jonathan, old enough now that he no longer lets his mom highlight his thick brown hair, plays guitar and likes to shoot hoops with his dad …Patrick Rogers, et al.
To add drama to her already highlighted hair, Beyoncé has fine, platinum highlights temporarily bonded to the strands around her face.Barb Sgroi

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
Saban is scheduled to join Alabama play-by-play announcer Eli Gold at 7 p.m. Here are the highlights from Saban’s appearance. Matt Stahl | Mstahl@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2023 The gaggle of neighborhood mean girls who make snide comments about Georgie is a highlight. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023 Here are some highlights, edited for clarity: Looking at these cornerbacks, did Trevon Diggs come into the season wanting to be more physical? Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 The pink hair, she's been sporting for some time is perfectly reflected in her blush and lip gloss, and those platinum roots have met their match in her strong cheekbone highlight. Marci Robin, Allure, 12 Sep. 2023 One of the big team highlights for the Browns came on a fourth-down play when Myles Garrett stormed in and crushed Burrow for a 13-yard loss on fourth down — his eighth career sack on Burrow and 12th against the Bengals. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2023 Here are some of the highlight plays from Ducks vs. Vikings. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 The slow progress over changing how tickets should be sold and resold highlights not just the strength of industry opposition, but the regulatory difficulties in a market upended by technology. Adam Beam, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2023 Those sections are what makes this Equalizer 3 the de facto highlight of the trilogy, even if calling this a great movie is stretching it. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023
Verb
The case highlights the complexities of a station governance structure in place since the 1980s, which includes federal, nonprofit and private entities. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Marking the start of London Fashion Week, Vogue World: London highlighted the city’s heritage and support for the performing arts industry, with profits going towards organizations in performing arts. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 The party, co-hosted by Ginny Wright, the brand’s CEO of the Americas, was designed to highlight Audemars Piguet’s six-year-old retail concept, which favors doing business in luxurious, residential-style lounge spaces instead of traditional boutiques. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 15 Sep. 2023 Miller highlighted his effort with a 42-yard Hail Mary heave to Luke Haley as time expired in the first half, giving Milton a 28-0 halftime lead. Brad Joyal, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023 With streaming on the rise, the comedian and actor highlighted the actors union’s revenue-sharing proposal that could fix inadequate streaming residuals. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2023 Since debuting in July, The Book of HOV has highlighted the bevy of accolades and artifacts in Jay-Z’s career. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2023 But his death comes as wrongful detentions are a growing problem, highlighted recently by Russia’s arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich on espionage charges the U.S. says are false. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 There were six lacrosse events, highlighted by the 2023 World Lacrosse championships. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of highlight was in 1658

Dictionary Entries Near highlight

Cite this Entry

“Highlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highlight. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

highlight

1 of 2 noun
high·​light ˈhī-ˌlīt How to pronounce highlight (audio)
1
: the brightest spot or area (as in a painting or drawing)
2
: something (as an event or detail) that is of major interest

highlight

2 of 2 verb
highlighted; highlighting
1
: to throw a strong light on
2
a
: to center attention on : emphasize
b
: to be a highlight of
3
a
: to mark (text) with a highlighter pen
b
: to cause (as text) to stand out on a computer screen

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