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  1. Pharmacology. a solution of alcohol or of alcohol and water, containing animal, vegetable, or chemical drugs.
  2. a slight infusion, as of some element or quality: A tincture of education had softened his rude manners.
  3. a trace; a smack or smattering; tinge: a tincture of irony.
  4. Heraldry. any of the colors, metals, or furs used for the fields, charges, etc., of an escutcheon or achievement of arms.
  5. a dye or pigment.
verb (used with object), tinc·tured, tinc·tur·ing.
  1. to impart a tint or color to; tinge.
  2. to imbue or infuse with something.

Origin of tincture

1350–1400; Middle English: dye < Latin tīnctūra dyeing. See tinct, -ure
Related formspre·tinc·ture, nounun·tinc·tured, adjective
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Related Words for tincture

vestige, tint, trace, color, extract, taint, pigment, cast, shade, elixir, dye, stain, tinge, imbue, imbrue

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British Dictionary definitions for tincture


  1. pharmacol a medicinal extract in a solution of alcohol
  2. a tint, colour, or tinge
  3. a slight flavour, aroma, or trace
  4. any one of the colours or either of the metals used on heraldic arms
  5. obsolete a dye or pigment
  1. (tr) to give a tint or colour to

Word Origin for tincture

C14: from Latin tinctūra a dyeing, from tingere to dye
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Word Origin and History for tincture

c.1400, from Latin tinctura "act of dyeing or tingeing," from tinctus "dye," past participle of tingere "to tinge, dye, moisten, soak," from PIE root *teng- "to soak" (cf. Old High German dunkon "to soak," Greek tengein "to moisten"). Meaning "solution of medicine in a mixture of alcohol" is first recorded 1640s. The verb is recorded from 1610s.

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tincture in Medicine


  1. A coloring or dyeing substance.
  2. An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine.
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