Definition of nuance in English:

nuance

noun

  • A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.

    ‘he was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect’
    • ‘He needs to get a little bigger, but he understands the nuances of a difficult position.’
    • ‘With her full concentration on her subject, she caught little nuances those with pads or recorders missed.’
    • ‘To them, I say, you obviously don't appreciate the subtle comedic nuances of Question Time.’
    • ‘The new animation done specifically for this release captures every nuance of the series.’
    • ‘What other moods and emotional nuances are portrayed by the rapper actors?’
    • ‘He joined Barista as a brew master and soon mastered the finer nuances of coffee.’
    • ‘Understanding such cultural nuances is important and can avoid unfortunate mishaps.’
    • ‘Corporate and government leaders can't grasp the nuances of a process - they have no idea.’
    • ‘Where can they find people who understand the culture, down to its finest nuances?’
    • ‘In short, he's learning subtle nuances.’
    • ‘But for Judaism, the Hebrew Bible cannot be properly understood without grasping the nuances of its original language.’
    • ‘There is no nuance to her character, no secret artistic passion or deep personal pain.’
    • ‘You can savor delicate musical nuances without disturbing others.’
    • ‘Cultural nuances play a roll in the use and acceptance of communications technologies in Asia.’
    • ‘On the other hand, lust so drives men that they have difficulty understanding the emotional nuances of love.’
    • ‘It's not a point of view I've ever heard before, and I may not entirely have got the subtler nuances of it.’
    • ‘Students also appreciated the added nuances and inflections of meaning that are possible in speech.’
    • ‘Rather, he is a musician's musician, one who harvests a composition for its intimacy and expressive nuance.’
    • ‘Silence here is related to nuances of meaning and shifts in a writer's focus.’
    • ‘Well, I don't think the objection captures the nuance of the Catholic position.’
    fine distinction, subtle difference, subtle distinction, shade, shading, gradation, variation, modulation, degree
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Give nuances to.

    ‘the effect of the music is nuanced by the social situation of listeners’
    • ‘The new scholarship nevertheless significantly nuances the received account of women's experiences after independence.’
    • ‘Each word is nuanced most perfectly, and it is all done with the greatest integrity and simplicity.’
    • ‘Bree's prim, proper, and pernickety worried-but-coping manner is beautifully delivered and finely nuanced by Huffman into a very believable performance.’
    • ‘Each mood and move is perfectly underscored and nuanced by sensitively composed music.’
    • ‘Of course, a ‘blanket ban’ on drinking on public transport will be nuanced much like the smoking ban was.’
    • ‘Anyone working on the "Colonial Connection" in Britain, would find materials here which nuance the understanding of missionary lives.’
    • ‘Torn by the collision of faith and rage, she has not officiated at a church service since her daughter died, and although she has not quit the priesthood, her faith is nuanced by doubt.’
    • ‘While archaeological perspectives on the passage of Greece into the Roman empire have begun to be explored, further detailed regional studies are needed to nuance the current generalized picture.’
    • ‘So, yes, they talk around the edges - nuancing this, quibbling with that - as they search for an edge in an election year.’
    • ‘How can the filmmaker nuance his work in a language that he does not know?’
    • ‘A singer must also know how that soprano blew her audiences away by flawlessly mixing her registers, phrasing with magisterial grandeur, and nuancing her voice with such expressive color.’
    • ‘The extract demonstrates the importance of nuancing many approaches to the study of society - human or primate - and she achieves this by reflecting simultaneously on identity and difference in her discussions.’
    • ‘Sharp is to be congratulated for nuancing a very important and complex prophetic book.’
    • ‘If I may nuance the article's thesis: to posit nihilism in the ancient world is not free of a certain anachronism.’
    • ‘Tornay's approach, however, is nuanced by the self-reflection that has characterized social anthropology during the past generation.’
    • ‘Now on trip 14, 75 days away from Election Day, he is attempting to nuance his position to have it both ways.’
    • ‘Marcillat's window enriched and nuanced the chapel's iconography, complementing the themes of Incarnation, Passion, and the cycle of salvation evoked in Pontormo's paintings.’
    • ‘They are, at the same time, autobiographies that emphasize how memories and consciousness of the working of ethnicity in the United States inform and nuance their writing.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, ‘shade, subtlety’, from nuer ‘to shade’, based on Latin nubes ‘cloud’.

Pronunciation

nuance

/ˈnjuːɑːns/