- The definition of subtile, sometimes spelled subtle, is something that is indirect or a very small distinction between two things.
An example of subtile used as an adjective is a subtile request, such as where someone mentions their favorite musician just before their birthday, hoping to be gifted their new album.
subtile definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French subtil, altered (infl. by L) ; from Old French soutil: see subtle
subtile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle.
- subˈtile·ly adverb
- sub·tilˈi·ty , subˈtile·ness , subˈtil·ty noun