verb (used with object), sil·hou·et·ted, sil·hou·et·ting.
Origin of silhouette
Examples from the Web for silhouette
I would have added “no photographs of meditative politicians walking on the shore” with a slash though a silhouette of JFK.
As you walk in front of the first screen, your silhouette appears and birds swoop down toward you.Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here|Nico Hines|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I sat there as he shot the silhouette, but he had to stop because I started frantically crying.The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest|Michael Daly|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The silhouette was classic Christopher Bailey, with coat dresses, wraps and pencil skirts predominating.
The silhouette was structured and architectural—for pants, skirts, and tops.
Against it a figure stood in silhouette, and he saw that it was a woman.World of the Drone|Robert Abernathy
From near the car she watched Leftys silhouette as he bent over his tripod, snapping pictures in the light of the flames.Joan of the Journal|Helen Diehl Olds
Burnamy went off to his work with Stoller, carrying the silhouette with him, and she kept on with Miss Triscoe to her hotel.The March Family Trilogy, Complete|William Dean Howells
The silhouette ceased wailing long enough to quaver: "Dakktar Sahib!"Caravans By Night|Harry Hervey
We saw only the silhouette of the past; and it was not grim or gloomy, but only brave.Pilgrim Trails|Frances Lester Warner
British Dictionary definitions for silhouette
Word Origin for silhouette
Word Origin and History for silhouette
1798, from French silhouette, in reference to Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French minister of finance in 1759. Usually said to be so called because it was an inexpensive way of making a likeness of someone, a derisive reference to Silhouette's petty economies to finance the Seven Years' War, which were unpopular among the nobility. But other theories are that it refers to his brief tenure in office, or the story that he decorated his chateau with such portraits.
Silhouette portraits were so called simply because they came into fashion in the year (1759) in which M. de Silhouette was minister. [A. Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, 1882]
Used of any sort of dark outline or shadow in profile from 1843. The verb is recorded from 1876, from the noun. The family name is a Frenchified form of a Basque surname; Arnaud de Silhouette, the finance minister's father, was from Biarritz in the French Basque country; the southern Basque form of the name would be Zuloeta or Zulueta, which contains the suffix -eta "abundance of" and zulo "hole" (possibly here meaning "cave").