[ teer-steynd ]

  1. marked or wet with tears: a tear-stained letter.

  2. showing traces of tears or signs of having wept: tear-stained cheeks.

Origin of tear-stained

First recorded in1585–95

Words Nearby tear-stained

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How to use tear-stained in a sentence

  • Mourners were interviewed, provided they were tear-stained and came only to praise their departed leader.

  • In the tear-stained story of humanity there has never been aught to surpass the thrilling record of Cawnpore.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • I should be ashamed that pages, tear-stained and dream-haunted, should fall beneath the eyes of grave, sober-minded folk.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • I had fears that I might find you alone in a darkened room, with tear-stained eyes and sal-volatile by your side.

    The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Even the tear-stained faces of mothers and sweethearts did not influence these young men from rallying around their flag.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian