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Definition of silhouette noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the dark outline or shape of a person or an object that you see against a light background the silhouette of chimneys and towers The mountains stood out in silhouette. The trees were black silhouettes against the pale sky.
  2. 2[countable] the shape of a person's body or of an object The dress is fitted to give you a flattering silhouette.
  3. 3[countable] a picture that shows someone or something as a black shape against a light background, especially one that shows the side view of a person's face
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