An illustrated outline filled in with a solid color(s), usually only black, and intended to represent the shape of an object without revealing any other visual details; a similar appearance produced when the object being viewed is situated in relative darkness with brighter lighting behind it; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be
The silhouette of something is the outline that it has, which often helps you to recognize it. the distinctive silhouette of his ears. Outline image or design in a single solid, flat colour, giving the appearance of a shadow cast by a solid figure. The term is usually applied to profile portraits in black against white (or vice versa), either painted or cut from paper, especially popular 1750-1850 as the least expensive method of portraiture. The name derives from Étienne de Silhouette, Louis XV's finance minister, notorious for his frugality and his hobby of making cut-paper shadow portraits. In 17th-century Europe, shadow portraits and scenes were produced by drawing the outline cast by candlelight or lamplight; when paper became widely available, they were often cut out freehand directly from life. Photography rendered silhouettes nearly obsolete, and they became a type of folk art practiced by itinerant artists and caricaturists
A silhouette is the solid dark shape that you see when someone or something has a bright light or pale background behind them. The dark silhouette of the castle ruins stood out boldly against the fading light
The outline of a tree as seen from a distance The overall form and shape of a tree Many tree species have easy to recognize silhouettes, such as American elm, balsam fir, white pine, and sugar maple [To return to previous page, click your browser's BACK button then scroll through the page to your last location]
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