- 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.
Origin of subtileMiddle English ; from Middle French subtil, altered (infl. by L) ; from Old French soutil: see subtle
Origin of subtileMiddle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle.
- sub·til′i·ty , sub′tile·ness , sub′til·ty
(comparative more subtile, superlative most subtile)
- (obsolete) subtle