Slika oblika, lica i dr. izrađena sa strane po senci, profil (kao slika), slika izrezana po ivicama makazma iz crne hartije pa zalepljena na belu, i obratno (nazvana, zbog svoje jevtinoće, po štedljivom fr. ministru finansija Siluet-u, u 18. veku); fig. senka, prilika. (fr.)
ETYM French; - so called from Etienne de Silhoutte, a French minister of finance in 1759, whose diversion it was to make such portraits on the walls of his apartments.
1. A drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color.
2. An outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow).
Profile or shadow portrait filled in with black or a dark color. A common pictorial technique in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was named for Etienne de Silhouette (1709–1767), a French finance minister who made paper cut-outs as a hobby.