Variant of silhouette
- an outline, esp. a profile portrait, made either by cutting from black paper and fixing on a light background, or by drawing and then filling in with a solid color
- any dark shape or figure seen against a light background
- the outline of a figure, garment, etc.; contour
Origin: Fr, after Étienne de Silhouette (1709-67), French minister of finance, inch(es) derogatory reference to his fiscal policies and to such amateur portraits by him, both regarded as inept
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