- 1The dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background: she paused to see its silhouette against the dimming skyMore example sentences
- The design of their silhouettes against the light background with full windows is reminiscent of a Japanese screen.
- They dive down deep and look for prey that appear as dark silhouettes against the brighter underside of the ice.
- Dark silhouettes lurched crazily in the flickering light, while the pub doors creaked and slammed threatrically in the wind.
- 1.1A representation of someone or something showing the shape and outline only, typically coloured in solid black: we can always use a silhouette of Father ChristmasMore example sentences
- These works are positives, so the amphibians are sharp, black silhouettes.
- Sugiura often uses the photogram as a paper negative to print a positive, in which the subject becomes a black silhouette.
- In one painting enigmatically titled Hoovering, there appears to be a black silhouette of a rabbit.
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- Cast or show (someone or something) as a dark shape and outline against a brighter background: the castle was silhouetted against the skyMore example sentences
- Even though it was dark, the moonlight silhouetted the intricate stone outline of the school.
- Before the young man knew what was happening, two of the figures at the alley's entrance fell silently, silhouetting another dark figure with a silver longsword in his or her hand.
- He was silhouetted against the outlines of the two empty beds across the room.
- Seen or placed as a silhouette: the old windmill stood out in silhouette against the skyMore example sentences
- Connie sashays to the doorway where she stands in silhouette for a long, luxurious moment.
- There, standing in silhouette against a backdrop of open sky and sweeping land, stood a man and his dog.
- He stood in silhouette in the doorframe, head down, leaning against the side as if exhausted.
late 18th century: named (although the reason remains uncertain) after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French author and politician.