Definition of silhouette noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsɪluˈet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɪluˈet//
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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 somebody/something as a black shape against a light background, especially one that shows the side view of a person’s face See related entries: Artwork and techniques
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: named (although the reason remains obscure) after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French author and politician.Extra examples I could see its black silhouette against the evening sky. The mountains stood out in silhouette. Through the fog, the silhouette of buildings appeared along the shore.
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