Share this entry

British English: /ˈaʊtlʌɪn/
American English: /ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/

Translation of outline in French:


  • 3 (general plan, synopsis) (of plan, policy, reasons)
    (of essay) (sketchy)
    (more structured)
    to describe a plan in broad outline
    décrire un projet dans ses grandes lignes or à gros traits
    to give a brief outline of a plan
    présenter un projet dans ses grandes lignes
    in outline, the rules are…
    en gros or grosso modo, les règles sont…
    ‘An Outline of World History’ (title)
    ‘Éléments (mpl) de l'histoire du monde’
  • 4 (in shorthand)
    sténogramme (m)

transitive verb

  • 1 (give general summary of)
    exposer brièvement
    (aims, motives, reasons)
    donner un aperçu de, présenter [quelque chose] dans ses grandes lignes
    (plan, solution)
  • 2 (draw round, delineate)
    souligner le contour de
    (eye, picture) in, with en
    to be outlined against the sky
    se découper sur le ciel

Definition of outline in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day fortissimo
    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly