[met-soh-tint, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]


a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
a print produced by this method.

verb (used with object)

to engrave in mezzotint.

Nearby words

  1. mezzo piano,
  2. mezzo soprano,
  3. mezzo-relievo,
  4. mezzo-soprano,
  5. mezzo-soprano clef,
  6. meŝtrović,
  7. meštrović,
  8. mf,
  9. mf.,
  10. mfat

Origin of mezzotint

First recorded in 1730–40, mezzotint is from the Italian word mezzotinto half-tint. See mezzo, tint

Related formsmez·zo·tint·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mezzotint

British Dictionary definitions for mezzotint



a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
a print made from a plate so treated


(tr) to engrave (a copper plate) in this fashion
Derived Formsmezzotinter, noun

Word Origin for mezzotint

C18: from Italian mezzotinto half tint

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Word Origin and History for mezzotint



1738; see mezzo + tint. As a verb, from 1827.

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