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


[with object] (usually be nuanced) Back to top  
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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