- a delicate or pale color or hue; tinge
- a color or a shading of a color; esp., a gradation of a color with reference to its mixture with white
- a dye for the hair
- Engraving an even shading produced by fine parallel lines
- Printing a light-colored background, as for an illustration
Origin of tintearlier tinct from Classical Latin tinctus, a dyeing, dipping from past participle of tingere, to dye, tinge
to give a tint to
- A shade of a color, especially a pale or delicate variation.
- A gradation of a color made by adding white to it to lessen its saturation.
- A barely detectable amount or degree; a trace.
- A shaded effect in engraving produced by fine, close, parallel lines.
- Printing A panel of light color on which matter in another color is to be printed, as in an illustration.
- A dye for the hair.
tr. & intr.v.tint·ed, tint·ing, tints
To give a tint to or take on a tint.
Origin of tintAlteration of tinct
- A slight coloring.
- A pale or faint tinge of any color; especially, a variation of a color obtained by adding white (contrast shade)
- A color considered with reference to other very similar colors.
- Red and blue are different colors, but two shades of scarlet are different tints.
- A shaded effect in engraving, produced by the juxtaposition of many fine parallel lines.
(third-person singular simple present tints, present participle tinting, simple past and past participle tinted)
- (intransitive) To shade, to color.