May 15, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
outline /ˈaʊtˌlaɪn/ noun

plural outlines

Outline drawings of horses
Outline drawings of horses
Learner's definition of OUTLINE

1 a [count] : a drawing or picture that shows only the shape of an object — often followed by of

  • An outline of his face showed his high forehead, long nose, and small chin.

  • Outlines of animals were carved into the cave's walls.

1 b [noncount] : a style of drawing in which only the outer edges of an object are shown

  • The pictures were drawn in outline and then filled in with color.

2 [count] : a line that is drawn around the edges of something

  • The leaves etched into the vase have a gold outline.

3 : a written list or description of only the most important parts of an essay, speech, plan, etc. [count]


  • Organize your essay by writing an outline in which you state your main idea followed by your supporting points.

  • a plot outline


  • a brief outline of American history

  • Her speech was written in outline on note cards.

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