1. a cosmetic used to emphasize some part of the face, as the eyes or the cheekbones.
  2. a felt-tip pen with a wide nib for highlighting passages of printed material in a soft, transparent color.

Origin of highlighter

First recorded in 1965–70; highlight + -er1
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  1. a cosmetic cream or powder applied to the face to highlight the cheekbones, eyes, etc
  2. a fluorescent felt-tip pen used as a marker to emphasize a section of text without obscuring it
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