- a color or a variety of a color; hue.
- a color diluted with white; a color of less than maximum purity, chromo, or saturation.
- a delicate or pale color.
- any of various commercial dyes for the hair.
- Engraving. a uniform shading, as that produced by a series of fine parallel lines.
- Also called tint block. Printing. a faintly or lightly colored background upon which an illustration or the like is to be printed.
- to apply a tint or tints to; color slightly or delicately; tinge.
Origin of tint
First recorded in 1710–20; variant of tinct
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Examples from the Web for tint
No one thinks to transform him into an Adonis, to require him to mascara his lashes or tint his cheekbones a delicate pink.The Men on the Dais
January 2, 2009
This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
That tint is what we call the blink of open water, said Johnson.The Field of Ice
Naething but a bonny wee bairnie, whause mither has tint it!Salted With Fire
That was something like—what a tint, what a bright note it set amid the surroundings!
The two figures, of a muddy grey in tint, stood out, lamentable.
- a shade of a colour, esp a pale one
- a colour that is softened or desaturated by the addition of white
- a tinge
- a semipermanent dye for the hair
- a trace or hinta tint of jealousy in his voice
- engraving uniform shading, produced esp by hatching
- printing a panel of colour serving as a background to letters or other matter
- (tr) to colour or tinge
- (tr) to change or influence slightlyhis answer was tinted by his prior knowledge
- (intr) to acquire a tint
C18: from earlier tinct
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Word Origin and History for tint
1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper