Definition of contre-jour in English:


Syllabification: con·tre-jour
Pronunciation: /ˌkôNtrə ˈZHo͝or

adjective & adverb

  • Having or involving the sun or other light source behind the subject: [as adjective]: a glorious contre-jour effect [as adverb]: it is recommended not to use the film contre-jour
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    • The Italian term refers to the contrast produced by the interplay of shadow and light that contre-jour produces.


early 20th century: French, from contre 'against' + jour 'daylight'.

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