silhouette

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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)


Inflections of 'silhouette' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
silhouettes
v 3rd person singular
silhouetting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
silhouetted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
silhouetted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sil•hou•ette /ˌsɪluˈɛt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -et•ted, -et•ting. 
n. [countable]
  1. a picture of the outline of an object, filled in with black.
  2. the outline of something.

v. [+ object]
  1. to show in or as if in a silhouette.
Idioms
  1. in silhouette, [uncountable] represented, drawn, or appearing in or as an outline.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sil•hou•ette  (sil′o̅o̅ et),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -et•ted, -et•ting. 
n. 
  1. 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.
  2. the outline or general shape of something:the slim silhouette of a skyscraper.
  3. a dark image outlined against a lighter background.

v.t. 
  1. to show in or as if in a silhouette.
  2. 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
  • 1790–1800

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
silhouette /ˌsɪluːˈɛt/ n
  1. the outline of a solid figure as cast by its shadow
  2. an outline drawing filled in with black, often a profile portrait cut out of black paper and mounted on a light ground
vb
  1. (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)
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