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

n a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color

Type of:
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

n an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)

Type of:
lineation, outline
the line that appears to bound an object

v represent by a silhouette

Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette

Type of:
project on a screen

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