Definition of contre-jour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒ̃trəˌʒʊə/
Pronunciation: /kɔ̃tʀəʒʊʀ/

adjective& adverb

Having or involving the sun or other light source behind the subject: [as adjective]: a glorious contre-jour effect
More example sentences
  • The drawings explore patterns of light and shade and contre jour effects of trees silhouetted against the sun.
  • Among the five paintings is a luminous sunlit summer landscape, all the more effective by the children who inhabit it being painted contre-jour.
  • The term "contre jour" applies to photographs taken towards a light source, usually the sun.


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

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