[kon-truh-zhoo r; French kawntruh-zhoor]
  1. (of a photograph) taken with the camera pointed more or less in the direction of the principal light source or with the strongest light behind the subject.

Origin of contre-jour

1920–25; < French, equivalent to contre counter- + jour daylight, day; see journey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for contre-jour


  1. photog
    1. the technique of taking photographs into the light, with the light source behind the subject
    2. (as modifier)a contre-jour shot

Word Origin for contre-jour

C20: from French, literally: against day(light)
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