silhouette

A silhouette is dark shadow, like a silhouette of a person standing under a street lamp, or a drawing that shows only the shape of an object.

A silhouette, pronounced "sil-ooh-ET," can be mysterious. After all, you can only see the shape of the person or object. So, it's fitting that the word's origin is a little mysterious, too. It was coined for Etienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister. One theory is that Silhouette decorated his chateau with the kind of dark outline drawings that now bear his name.

Definitions of silhouette
  1. noun
    a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color
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    type of:
    drawing
    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  2. noun
    an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)
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    type of:
    lineation, outline
    the line that appears to bound an object
  3. verb
    represent by a silhouette
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    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  4. verb
    project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette
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    type of:
    project
    project on a screen
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