high-key

[hahy-kee]

adjective

(of a photograph) having chiefly light tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from low-key).

Nearby words

  1. high-hat,
  2. high-hat cymbals,
  3. high-impact,
  4. high-income,
  5. high-jump,
  6. high-keyed,
  7. high-level,
  8. high-level language,
  9. high-level waste,
  10. high-low

Origin of high-key

First recorded in 1915–20

high key

noun Movies.

a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.

Origin of high key

First recorded in 1915–20

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British Dictionary definitions for high-key

high-key

adjective

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