• noun: a dark shape that appears on a surface when someone or something moves between the surface and a source of light
  • noun: partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body
  • verb: to cover (something) with a shadow
  • verb: to cast a shadow upon
  • often used figuratively
  • synonyms: shelter, cloud, darkness


  • She grew up 'in the shadow of' her very popular sister. [=people did not notice her because of all the attention that was given to her sister]

  • He couldn't escape his father's 'shadow'. [=he couldn't escape the influence of his powerful/successful father]

  • a town located in the 'shadow' of the Rocky Mountains [=a town located very close to the Rocky Mountains]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) - I don't know. I know, I told her that. We are a total fraud. Do you think they can see through us. Of course not. We're wearing eye shadow. Being cool is so exhausting. Who's the birthday girl? Huh. Hey. Hello? (..)
    2015 Inside Out
  • (..) Yes. Okay. We've got a group of cool girls at o'clock. - How do you know? - Double ears pierce. Infinity scarf. - Whoa. Is she wearing eye shadow? - Yeah. We want to be friends with them. - Let's go talk to them. - Are you kidding. We're not talking to them. We want them to like us. (..)
    2015 Inside Out