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tint Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    tone; tincture; shade.
    • after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
  2. verb color lightly
    touch; tinct; tinge.
    • her greying hair was tinged blond
    • the leaves were tinged red in November

Tint noun
For older tinct, fr. L. tinctus, p.p. of tingere to dye: cf. F. teinte, teint, It. tinta, tinto. See Tinge, and cf. Taint to stain, a stain, Tent a kind of wine, Tinto.
  1. A slight coloring. Specifically: -- (a) A pale or faint tinge of any color.
    Or blend in beauteous tints the colored mass. Pope.
    Their vigor sickens, and their tints decline. Harte.
    (b) A color considered with reference to other very similar colors; as, red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints. (c) (Engraving) A shaded effect produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.
Tint transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Tinted; present participle & verbal noun Tinting
  1. To give a slight coloring to; to tinge.

Webster 1913

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