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[hahy-lahyt] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
verb (used with object), highlighted, highlighting.
to emphasize or make prominent.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
Also, high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like:
the highlight of his talk; the highlight of the concert series.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.
Origin of highlight
1850-55, Americanism; high + light1
Related forms
highlighter, noun
1. stress, accent, underline, feature. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The highlight is a parade of crazy and creative costumes-and hearses, of course.
British Dictionary definitions for highlight


an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
(often pl) a bleached blond streak in the hair
verb (transitive)
(painting, drawing, photog) to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
to bring notice or emphasis to
to be the highlight of
to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highlight

1650s, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject," from high (adj.) + light (n.). The figurative sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855. The verb is from 1861. Hairdressing sense is 1941 (n.), 1942 (v.). Related: Highlighted; highlighting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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