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noun
  1. a color or a variety of a color; hue.
  2. a color diluted with white; a color of less than maximum purity, chromo, or saturation.
  3. a delicate or pale color.
  4. any of various commercial dyes for the hair.
  5. Engraving. a uniform shading, as that produced by a series of fine parallel lines.
  6. Also called tint block. Printing. a faintly or lightly colored background upon which an illustration or the like is to be printed.
verb (used with object)
  1. to apply a tint or tints to; color slightly or delicately; tinge.

Origin of tint

First recorded in 1710–20; variant of tinct
Related formsnon·tint·ed, adjectiveo·ver·tint, verbo·ver·tint, nounre·tint, verb (used with object)un·tint·ed, adjectivewell-tint·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcolor hue shade tint
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Examples from the Web for tints

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  • Nothing could exceed the delicacy of its features, or the brilliancy of its tints.

  • And the shapes of their leaves were as varied as their tints.

  • All the tints had turned dirty grey in this cupboard, rotting with dust and damp.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • They are not drawn with the pencil of fancy, nor, I trust, colored with the tints of prejudice.

    Among the Pines</p>

    James R. Gilmore

  • The masses of shade are but tints of one colour; it is not chequered with a variety.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young


British Dictionary definitions for tints

tint

noun
  1. a shade of a colour, esp a pale one
  2. a colour that is softened or desaturated by the addition of white
  3. a tinge
  4. a semipermanent dye for the hair
  5. a trace or hinta tint of jealousy in his voice
  6. engraving uniform shading, produced esp by hatching
  7. printing a panel of colour serving as a background to letters or other matter
verb
  1. (tr) to colour or tinge
  2. (tr) to change or influence slightlyhis answer was tinted by his prior knowledge
  3. (intr) to acquire a tint
Derived Formstinter, noun

Word Origin

C18: from earlier tinct
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tints

tint

n.

"color," 1717, alteration of tinct (c.1600), from Latin tinctus "a dyeing," from tingere "to dye" (see tincture); influenced by Italian tinta "tint, hue," from Latin tinctus.

tint

v.

1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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