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nuance

[ noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo-; French ny-ahns ]
/ 藞nu 蓱ns, 藞nyu-, nu藞蓱ns, nyu-; French n眉藞蓱虄s /
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noun, plural nu路anc路es [noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-, noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-; French ny-ahns]. /藞nu 蓱n s瑟z, 藞nyu-, nu藞蓱n s瑟z, nyu-; French n眉藞蓱虄s/.
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.
verb (used with object), nu路anced, nu路anc路ing.
to give nuance to; to color: She carefully nuanced her words, to put a positive spin on the situation.
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Origin of nuance

First recorded in 1775鈥85; from French: 鈥渟hade, hue,鈥 equivalent to nu(er) 鈥渢o shade鈥 (literally, 鈥渢o cloud鈥), from unattested Vulgar Latin n奴b膩re, derivative of unattested n奴ba, for Latin n奴b膿s 鈥渃loud鈥) + -ance noun suffix; see -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM nuance

nu路anced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nuance

nuance
/ (nju藧藞蓱藧ns, 藞nju藧蓱藧ns) /

noun
a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation
verb (tr; passive)
to give subtle differences tocarefully nuanced words

Word Origin for nuance

C18: from French, from nuer to show light and shade, ultimately from Latin n奴b膿s a cloud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for nuance

nuance
[ (nooh-ahns) ]

A fine shade of meaning: 鈥淚 liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.鈥

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