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  1. Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.
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verb (used with object), back·light·ed or back·lit, back·light·ing.
  1. to illuminate (something) from behind.
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Origin of backlight

First recorded in 1950–55; back1 + light1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for backlight

Historical Examples

  • 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