- 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 tints
Other jewelers are said to shout, “Benvenuto is the glory of our art, and before his tints we must duly bare our heads.”The First Celebrity Tell-All
September 22, 2010
Nothing could exceed the delicacy of its features, or the brilliancy of its tints.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
And the shapes of their leaves were as varied as their tints.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
All the tints had turned dirty grey in this cupboard, rotting with dust and damp.Therese Raquin
They are not drawn with the pencil of fancy, nor, I trust, colored with the tints of prejudice.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
The masses of shade are but tints of one colour; it is not chequered with a variety.A Tour in Ireland
- 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 tints
1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper