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Definition: bokeh

Pronounced "bo-keh," it is Japanese for blur and refers to the out-of-focus background in a photo or video. Depending on camera type and distance to the object in focus, the bokeh effect is often unintentional; however, the effect is widely used by photographers and movie makers when they want to set a certain mood for the scene.

The Bokeh Background
The blurred background bokeh effect is widely used to emphasize the object being photographed.