An example of silhouette is a profile drawing of someone cut from black paper.
An example of silhouette is to create a sketch of a dress.
Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.
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.
Origin of silhouette
- French after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–1767), French finance minister
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition