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high-key

[hahy-kee]
adjective
  1. (of a photograph) having chiefly light tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from low-key).
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Origin of high-key

First recorded in 1915–20

high key

noun Movies.
  1. a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.
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Origin of high key

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for high-key

high-key

adjective
  1. (of a photograph, painting, etc) having a predominance of light grey tones or light coloursCompare low-key (def. 3)
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