verb (used with object)

to apply a tint or tints to; color slightly or delicately; tinge.

Origin of tint

First recorded in 1710–20; variant of tinct
Related formsnon·tint·ed, adjectiveo·ver·tint, verbo·ver·tint, nounre·tint, verb (used with object)un·tint·ed, adjectivewell-tint·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcolor hue shade tint
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Examples from the Web for tint

Contemporary Examples of tint

  • No one thinks to transform him into an Adonis, to require him to mascara his lashes or tint his cheekbones a delicate pink.

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    The Men on the Dais

    Daphne Merkin

    January 2, 2009

Historical Examples of tint

  • This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.

  • That tint is what we call the blink of open water, said Johnson.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • Naething but a bonny wee bairnie, whause mither has tint it!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • That was something like—what a tint, what a bright note it set amid the surroundings!

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • If ever he praised a limb, a tint, a contour, it was solely from the artistic point of view.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for tint



a shade of a colour, esp a pale one
a colour that is softened or desaturated by the addition of white
a tinge
a semipermanent dye for the hair
a trace or hinta tint of jealousy in his voice
engraving uniform shading, produced esp by hatching
printing a panel of colour serving as a background to letters or other matter


(tr) to colour or tinge
(tr) to change or influence slightlyhis answer was tinted by his prior knowledge
(intr) to acquire a tint
Derived Formstinter, noun

Word Origin for tint

C18: from earlier tinct
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Word Origin and History for tint

"color," 1717, alteration of tinct (c.1600), from Latin tinctus "a dyeing," from tingere "to dye" (see tincture); influenced by Italian tinta "tint, hue," from Latin tinctus.


1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.

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