- 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.
Origin of nuanceFrench ; 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
- 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.
transitive verbnu·anced, nu·anc·ing, nu·anc·es
Origin of nuanceFrench, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nūba, from Latin nūbēs.
From French nuance meaning "nuance", "shade" or "hue".