[ tingk-cher ]
/ ˈtɪŋk tʃər /


verb (used with object), tinc·tured, tinc·tur·ing.

to impart a tint or color to; tinge.
to imbue or infuse with something.

Origin of tincture

1350–1400; Middle English: dye < Latin tīnctūra dyeing. See tinct, -ure

Related forms

pre·tinc·ture, nounun·tinc·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tincture


/ (ˈtɪŋktʃə) /


pharmacol a medicinal extract in a solution of alcohol
a tint, colour, or tinge
a slight flavour, aroma, or trace
any one of the colours or either of the metals used on heraldic arms
obsolete a dye or pigment


(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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Medicine definitions for tincture


[ tĭngkchər ]


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