Nuance meaning

no͝oäns, nyo͝o-, no͝o-äns, nyo͝o-
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A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
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The definition of a nuance is a subtle difference.

An example of nuance is the difference between light lime green and lime green.

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To treat or consider with nuance; give nuances to.

New information that nuanced their understanding of the situation.

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Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone.

A rich artistic performance, full of nuance.

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Subtlety or fine detail.

Understanding the basics is easy; appreciating the nuances takes years.

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A slight or delicate variation in tone, color, meaning, etc.; shade of difference.
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Origin of nuance

  • French from Old French from nuer to shade, cloud from nue cloud from Vulgar Latin nūba from Latin nūbēs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French nuance meaning "nuance", "shade" or "hue".

    From Wiktionary