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tint

Syllabification: tint
Pronunciation: /tint
 
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Definition of tint in English:

noun

1A shade or variety of color: the sky was taking on an apricot tint
More example sentences
  • Adding tints and shades introduces variety through value.
  • Certain tints and shades of colour can be chosen as well as a special pattern or a special blend of fibres to make it lighter or heavier.
  • Prodigal servings of pure saturated (often fluorescent) color are fattened further with a rich welter of tints, tones and shades.
Synonyms
shade, color, tone, hue, pigmentation, tinge, cast, tincture, flush, blush, wash
1.1 Printing An area of faint even color printed as a halftone, used for highlighting overprinted text.
1.2A set of parallel engraved lines to give uniform shading.
Example sentences
  • In England the most engaging lithographer was Whistler, who used delicate lines and tints in his Nocturnes of the Thames.
1.3A trace of something: a tint of glamour
More example sentences
  • This sent a crack through the ground as the energy, now hinted only by a tint of velvet in the air, rushed forward and connected with Sam, sending him into the far wall.
  • In the latter case there seems to be more than a tint of historic bitterness, dating back to the ill-fated Supporters Club of seven seasons ago and more.
  • A tint of sorrow creeps into my mind as I recall the ‘good old times’ that are gone, never to return.
2An artificial dye for coloring the hair.
Example sentences
  • The orange tint coloured her hair and made her skin look ill, but I recognised her.
  • Some other things that can cause a very bad hair day include over processing your hair with color, tints, bleach or perms.
  • It is a way of life, whether it be a change in colour, tints, hairpieces or whatever.
Synonyms
dye, coloring, rinse, highlights, lowlights
2.1An application of hair dye: peering into the mirror to see if any white hair showed after her last tint
More example sentences
  • Other than a haircut and lash tint every two months-ish, that's about it.

verb

[with object] (usually be tinted) Back to top  
1Color (something) slightly; tinge: her skin was tinted with delicate color (as adjective tinted) a black car with tinted windows
More example sentences
  • I wanted a blue dye wash over it so that the whole cover was tinted a heavy blue colour with the title in white.
  • It was this colour that tinted his broad moustache, and the short, precise goatee on his chin.
  • It was extremely low to the ground, with blazing red paint and black tinted windows.
1.1Dye (someone’s hair) with a tint.
Example sentences
  • She looked to be around my age with very dark brown hair that was tinted in maroon.
  • He wears jeans with holes in fashionable places, and amber highlights tint his strategically mussed hair.
  • A tall, imposing man, it is hard to believe that he began his adult life as a trainee women's hairdresser, or that he was known within the game for the amount of time he spent tinting his hair.

Origin

early 18th century: alteration (perhaps influenced by Italian tinta) of obsolete tinct 'to color, tint', from Latin tinctus 'dyeing', from tingere 'to dye or color'.

Derivatives

tinter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The four brothers have been amazed with the response from the Lismore community so far - and from all reports they are the best bunch of buffers, waxers, window tinters and polishers in town.
  • After his marriage in 1897 he worked as a painter of railway coaches, as a tinter of photographs, and as a housepainter.
  • In ruling the tinters did not violate Federal regulations, he ordered the Traffic Safety Administration to pay court costs for the five window-tinting companies named as defendants.

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