Silhouette definition

sĭlo͝o-ĕt
An outline that appears dark against a light background.
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A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.
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To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline.

Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.

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Any dark shape or figure seen against a light background.
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The outline of a figure, garment, etc.; contour.
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To show or project in silhouette.
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An illustrated outline filled in with a solid color(s), usually only black, and intended to represent the shape of an object without revealing any other visual details; a similar appearance produced when the object being viewed is situated in relative darkness with brighter lighting behind it; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be.

I could see a silhouette of a figure looking out from the window, but I couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman.

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To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.
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The definition of a silhouette is the outline or general shape of an object.

An example of silhouette is a profile drawing of someone cut from black paper.

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Silhouette is defined as to create the general shape or outline of something.

An example of silhouette is to create a sketch of a dress.

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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
silhouette
Plural:
silhouettes

Origin of silhouette

  • French after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–1767), French finance minister

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French silhouette, from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French politician. His surname, in turn, is (gallicized) Basque.

    From Wiktionary