The lodge appeared in its clearing, silhouetted in the moonlight.
The dating process produced an astounding age of roughly 39,900 years old for the silhouetted handprints.
The sun is so fierce that objects seem to be silhouetted, not only in black or white, but in blue, red, brown, violet.
A silhouetted woman's shape is twisted and distorted until it looks alien.
Captain Perez saw the shore, with its silhouetted bushes, only a few yards away.
Each figure for a moment was silhouetted against the sky, for the sun was low.
On the brink, silhouetted against it, a hyena stood and howled.
They were silhouetted against the sky and were moving back and forth.
silhouetted against the sky, it showed well its inequality of outline.
For a second he was silhouetted against a skyline, then he plunged down.
1798, from French silhouette, in reference to Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French minister of finance in 1759. Usually said to be so called because it was an inexpensive way of making a likeness of someone, a derisive reference to Silhouette's petty economies to finance the Seven Years' War, which were unpopular among the nobility. But other theories are that it refers to his brief tenure in office, or the story that he decorated his chateau with such portraits.
Silhouette portraits were so called simply because they came into fashion in the year (1759) in which M. de Silhouette was minister. [A. Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, 1882]Used of any sort of dark outline or shadow in profile from 1843. The verb is recorded from 1876, from the noun. The family name is a Frenchified form of a Basque surname; Arnaud de Silhouette, the finance minister's father, was from Biarritz in the French Basque country; the southern Basque form of the name would be Zuloeta or Zulueta, which contains the suffix -eta "abundance of" and zulo "hole" (possibly here meaning "cave").