[met-soh-tint, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]
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  1. a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface.
  2. a print produced by this method.
verb (used with object)
  1. to engrave in mezzotint.

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. 2018

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  1. a method of engraving a copper plate by scraping and burnishing the roughened surface
  2. a print made from a plate so treated
  1. (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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