- a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, as a cutout or configurational drawing, uniformly filled in with black, especially a black-paper, miniature cutout of the outlines of a person's face in profile.
- the outline or general shape of something: the slim silhouette of a skyscraper.
- a dark image outlined against a lighter background.
- to show in or as if in a silhouette.
- Printing. to remove the background details from (a halftone cut) so as to produce an outline effect.
Origin of silhouette
Related Words for silhouettedunambiguous, precise, palpable, definitive, straightforward, categorical, distinct, clear-cut, unequivocal, explicit, unmistakable, specific, obvious, positive, pronounced, well-defined, bold, audible, clean-cut, complete
Examples from the Web for silhouetted
Contemporary Examples of silhouetted
The dating process produced an astounding age of roughly 39,900 years old for the silhouetted handprints.The Oldest Cave Art May Not Be in Europe
October 9, 2014
The sun is so fierce that objects seem to be silhouetted, not only in black or white, but in blue, red, brown, violet.Cézanne’s Letter to Pissarro: Picture Business Isn’t Going Well
October 13, 2013
A silhouetted woman's shape is twisted and distorted until it looks alien.Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
August 25, 2013
The lodge appeared in its clearing, silhouetted in the moonlight.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
Historical Examples of silhouetted
He saw them laughing, flushed, silhouetted against the green, distant trees.Viviette
William J. Locke
Each figure for a moment was silhouetted against the sky, for the sun was low.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
They were silhouetted against the sky and were moving back and forth.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He gestured with one plump hand toward the silhouetted ship.The Indulgence of Negu Mah
Robert Andrew Arthur
For a second he was silhouetted against a skyline, then he plunged down.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- the outline of a solid figure as cast by its shadow
- an outline drawing filled in with black, often a profile portrait cut out of black paper and mounted on a light ground
- (tr) to cause to appear in silhouette
Word Origin 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").