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 tints

Contemporary Examples of tints

  • Other jewelers are said to shout, “Benvenuto is the glory of our art, and before his tints we must duly bare our heads.”

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    The First Celebrity Tell-All

    Nathaniel Rich

    September 22, 2010

Historical Examples of tints

  • Nothing could exceed the delicacy of its features, or the brilliancy of its tints.

  • All the tints had turned dirty grey in this cupboard, rotting with dust and damp.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • And the shapes of their leaves were as varied as their tints.

  • They are not drawn with the pencil of fancy, nor, I trust, colored with the tints of prejudice.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore

  • The masses of shade are but tints of one colour; it is not chequered with a variety.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

British Dictionary definitions for tints



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 tints



"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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