- The definition of a nuance is a subtle difference.
An example of nuance is the difference between light lime green and lime green.
Nuance is the differnce between these shades of green.
nuance definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from nuer, to shade ; from nue ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form nuba, for Classical Latin nubes, a cloud ; from Indo-European an unverified form sneudh-, fog (from source Welsh nudd), probably ; from base an unverified form (s)na-, to flow, moisture from source natant
nuance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
- Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone: a rich artistic performance, full of nuance.
Origin: French, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nūba, from Latin nūbēs.
- nuˈanced adjective
nuance - Cultural Definition
A fine shade of meaning: “I liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.”