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[hahy-lahy-ter] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪ tər/
a cosmetic used to emphasize some part of the face, as the eyes or the cheekbones.
a felt-tip pen with a wide nib for highlighting passages of printed material in a soft, transparent color.
Origin of highlighter
1965-70; highlight + er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for highlighter
  • Use a red highlighter to mark the three warmest months for both hemispheres.
  • Use a blue highlighter to mark the three coolest months for both hemispheres.
  • While the menu is displayed, you may type the first letter of the word and the highlighter will position on the first occurrence.
  • Plowed wetlands should be clearly marked, preferably with a highlighter.
  • Bored waterways should be clearly marked, preferably with a different color highlighter.
  • Complicated clients will be designated by a yellow highlighter.
British Dictionary definitions for highlighter


a cosmetic cream or powder applied to the face to highlight the cheekbones, eyes, etc
a fluorescent felt-tip pen used as a marker to emphasize a section of text without obscuring it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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