highlight

[ hahy-lahyt ]
/ ˈhaɪˌlaɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. highland park,
  2. highlander,
  3. highlands,
  4. highlands, the,
  5. highlife,
  6. highlight halftone,
  7. highlighter,
  8. highline,
  9. highly,
  10. highly strung

Origin of highlight

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; high + light1

Related formshigh·light·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for highlight

highlight

/ (ˈhaɪˌlaɪt) /

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)

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Word Origin and History for highlight

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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