highlight

[hahy-lahyt]

verb (used with object), high·light·ed, high·light·ing.

to emphasize or make prominent.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).

noun

Also high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like: the highlight of his talk; the highlight of the concert series.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.

Origin of highlight

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; high + light1
Related formshigh·light·er, noun

Synonyms for highlight

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Related Words for highlight

climax, feature, focus, peak

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British Dictionary definitions for highlight

highlight

noun

an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
(often plural) a bleached blond streak in the hair

verb (tr)

painting drawing photog to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
to bring notice or emphasis to
to be the highlight of
to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching
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Word Origin and History for highlight
n.

1650s, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject," from high (adj.) + light (n.). The figurative sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855. The verb is from 1861. Hairdressing sense is 1941 (n.), 1942 (v.). Related: Highlighted; highlighting.

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