Definition of nuance in English:


Syllabification: nu·ance
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞oˌäns


  • A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound: the nuances of facial expression and body language
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    • It's not a point of view I've ever heard before, and I may not entirely have got the subtler nuances of it.
    • In short, he's learning subtle nuances.
    • To them, I say, you obviously don't appreciate the subtle comedic nuances of Question Time.
    fine distinction, subtle difference; shade, shading, gradation, variation, degree; subtlety, nicety, overtone


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  • Give nuances to: the effect of the music is nuanced by the social situation of listeners
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    • This article presents a more nuanced picture by positing a complex relationship between China and Japan.
    • No, that wasn't my considered and nuanced response to major points of philosophical principle.
    • Field shows how we can and should embrace a more nuanced understanding of human nature.


late 18th century: from French, 'shade, subtlety', from nuer 'to shade', based on Latin nubes 'cloud'.

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