UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌsɪluˈɛt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌsɪluˈɛt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sil′o̅o̅ et′)
sil•hou•ette(sil′o̅o̅ et′),USA pronunciationn., v.,-et•ted, -et•ting. n.
a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, as a cutout or configurational drawing, uniformly filled in with black, esp. a black-paper, miniature cutout of the outlines of a famous person's face.
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.
Printingto remove the background details from (a halftone cut) so as to produce an outline effect.
French à la silhouette, after Etienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French finance minister
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
(transitive) to cause to appear in silhouette
Etymology: 18th Century: named after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French politician, perhaps referring to silhouettes as partial portraits, with a satirical allusion to Silhouette's brief career as controller general (1759)