[ bak-lahyt ]
/ ˈbækˌlaɪt /


Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.

verb (used with object), back·light·ed or back·lit, back·light·ing.

to illuminate (something) from behind.

Origin of backlight

First recorded in 1950–55; back1 + light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backlight

  • Willis's taxi ran on past the other, and through the backlight the inspector saw Archer alight and pass into the hotel.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate|Freeman Wills Crofts