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highlighter

[hahy-lahy-ter] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪ tər/
noun
1.
a cosmetic used to emphasize some part of the face, as the eyes or the cheekbones.
2.
a felt-tip pen with a wide nib for highlighting passages of printed material in a soft, transparent color.
Origin of highlighter
1965-1970
1965-70; highlight + er1

highlight

[hahy-lahyt] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
verb (used with object), highlighted, highlighting.
1.
to emphasize or make prominent.
2.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
noun
3.
Also, high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like:
the highlight of his talk; the highlight of the concert series.
4.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.
Origin
1850-55, Americanism; high + light1
Related forms
highlighter, noun
Synonyms
1. stress, accent, underline, feature.
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British Dictionary definitions for highlighters

highlight

/ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
2.
the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
3.
(often pl) a bleached blond streak in the hair
verb (transitive)
4.
(painting, drawing, photog) to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
5.
to bring notice or emphasis to
6.
to be the highlight of
7.
to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching

highlighter

/ˈhaɪˌlaɪtə/
noun
1.
a cosmetic cream or powder applied to the face to highlight the cheekbones, eyes, etc
2.
a fluorescent felt-tip pen used as a marker to emphasize a section of text without obscuring it
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Word Origin and History for highlighters

highlight

n.

1650s, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject," from high (adj.) + light (n.). The figurative sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855. The verb is from 1861. Hairdressing sense is 1941 (n.), 1942 (v.). Related: Highlighted; highlighting.

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