Definition of tint in English:

tint

noun

  • 1A shade or variety of a colour:

    ‘the sky was taking on an apricot tint’
    • ‘Males tend to wear armor suits in shiny silver colors that covered their chests and private spots, while females dressed up with silk-like materials covering them from head to toe that were part translucent with a wide variety of tints.’
    • ‘Prodigal servings of pure saturated (often fluorescent) color are fattened further with a rich welter of tints, tones and shades.’
    • ‘Students could only use warm or cool colors depending on the color paper chosen, and they were encouraged to mix tertiary colors, tints and shades.’
    • ‘Certain tints and shades of colour can be chosen as well as a special pattern or a special blend of fibres to make it lighter or heavier.’
    • ‘Adding tints and shades introduces variety through value.’
    • ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about colour is here: from complementary colours, colour combinations, shades, tints and contrasts - the list goes on.’
    • ‘The structure is surprisingly complex, viewing the same events from different perspectives, which Zhang helpfully colour-codes in ravishing washes of primary tints.’
    • ‘A light tint of red shaded his cheeks, as he looked away.’
    • ‘We are never going to recapture earlier times, of course, and there is a rosy tint to most parents' spectacles.’
    • ‘Golden tints, honey and apricots are better on medium skin tones.’
    • ‘The sun was lowering, bathing the whole atmosphere with a pink tint, coloring the scenery with life, adding substance to the air itself.’
    • ‘You could even include questions about tints and shades like pink and maroon, and a question about low intensity, such as blue-gray.’
    • ‘Four-colour process gives you the flexibility and life-like realism of millions of colours, hues and tints.’
    • ‘Chekhov, wrote Nabokov, ‘keeps all his words in the same dim light and of the same exact tint of grey, a tint between the colour of an old fence and that of a low cloud’.’
    • ‘His eyes were so piercing, a beautiful hazel color, with tints and shades of brown, and green flecks scattered.’
    • ‘Purchase broccoli with a deep green or deep green with a purple tint.’
    • ‘In southern climates, the harsher, brighter sunlight will cause pale tints to appear washed out.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to them, a pair of brown eyes with a purple tint was watching them intently.’
    • ‘Include tints and shades of each analogous color.’
    • ‘Finally, the artists must fill in the shapes outside the circle with a variety of tints and lowered intensities.’
    shade, colour, tone, hue, tinge, cast, tincture, flush, blush
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    1. 1.1Printing An area of faint even colour printed as a half-tone, used for highlighting overprinted text.
    2. 1.2 A set of parallel engraved lines to give uniform shading.
      • ‘In England the most engaging lithographer was Whistler, who used delicate lines and tints in his Nocturnes of the Thames.’
    3. 1.3 A trace of something:
      ‘a tint of glamour’
      • ‘‘You'll be with me,’ he grunted, and his tenor voice, so neutral and refined, had a tint of disgust in his words.’
      • ‘He had dark spiky brown hair that made it look like he just woke up every time you saw him and his deep hazel eyes filled with anger and hate, but a tint of heart.’
      • ‘The fact that an anti-war movement even exists, is gaining strength, and dares to have a tint of radical coloring must boggle their minds.’
      • ‘It had a tint of sarcasm, but I knew that it was just instinct for her since I had probably played the obviously guilty son so many times.’
      • ‘A tint of sorrow creeps into my mind as I recall the ‘good old times’ that are gone, never to return.’
      • ‘‘I appreciate the gesture, but I can do on my own,’ I replied with a tint of sarcasm.’
      • ‘Instead of returning his smile, she widened her expressive eyes, eyes that conveyed a mix of surprise and a tint of fear.’
      • ‘She breathed the cold air with a tint of peculiarity.’
      • ‘Outside, the air was fair, with a tint of some lost season's chill.’
      • ‘‘That's because the fog is harder to control,’ answered Jade with a tint of sarcasm.’
      • ‘She introduced herself to them, and quickly covered the necromancer that was among them with many charms, most of which had a tint of necromancy in them.’
      • ‘Some of his solos have a tint of the classical, but, in addition, he has worked with rock bands.’
      • ‘In the latter case there seems to be more than a tint of historic bitterness, dating back to the ill-fated Supporters Club of seven seasons ago and more.’
      • ‘It had a tint of glitter, and it sparkled with every turn.’
      • ‘But there was still a tint of fear.’
      • ‘‘Very helpful,’ she said, with a tint of derisiveness, and opened the door.’
      • ‘Jenna was wearing a tint of make up although with her complexion she didn't need it and her hair was done with half her hair up in a topsy tail while the rest hung down the nape of her neck.’
      • ‘This sent a crack through the ground as the energy, now hinted only by a tint of velvet in the air, rushed forward and connected with Sam, sending him into the far wall.’
      • ‘But whenever I looked into his magnetic eyes, I saw a tint of romance.’
      • ‘If there is a tint of humanities in me it's from Underwood family.’
  • 2An artificial dye for colouring the hair.

    • ‘Some other things that can cause a very bad hair day include over processing your hair with color, tints, bleach or perms.’
    • ‘For more information about tints and dyes, circle the corresponding number on the reader service card.’
    • ‘The orange tint coloured her hair and made her skin look ill, but I recognised her.’
    • ‘At a very simplified level, hair coloring is all about finding the right amount of color to add or subtract from your current hair tint.’
    • ‘It is a way of life, whether it be a change in colour, tints, hairpieces or whatever.’
    dye, colourant, colouring, wash
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    1. 2.1 An application of hair dye:
      ‘peering into the mirror to see if any white hair showed after her last tint’
      • ‘Other than a haircut and lash tint every two months-ish, that's about it.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Colour (something) slightly; tinge:

    ‘her skin was tinted with delicate colour’
    ‘a black car with tinted windows’
    • ‘Most tinted and mirrored films include a coating to block the transmission of ultraviolet light.’
    • ‘Was there some ulterior motive behind his innocent smile that was tinted from within?’
    • ‘When the sun fell on it at just the right angle, it appeared tinted with light blue.’
    • ‘Strongly tinting any surface it touches, heavy-bodied and opaque, it recalls the industrial, bringing to mind, among other things, the red lead paint used to prime steel.’
    • ‘The day was overcast, so the light was tinted with a peculiar green-grey.’
    • ‘I'd said that once before, long ago, but that hadn't been tinted with the undertones I was feeling now.’
    • ‘She was clearly in her middle ages, with golden blond hair tinted with gray and worried brown eyes.’
    • ‘John turned to look at Anna, the falling sun tinting her a light orange.’
    • ‘The moon was just beyond his visitor, its glow tinting the blazing red hair with silver specks of light.’
    • ‘Should your monitor display images that are heavily tinted, check both ends of its cable connection.’
    • ‘Her eyes blazed with a new and different kind of sadness, the kind that is tinted with anger and regret.’
    • ‘She had dark locks of hair that were tinted with gray and her eyes spoke volumes in silver.’
    • ‘It was extremely low to the ground, with blazing red paint and black tinted windows.’
    • ‘I wanted a blue dye wash over it so that the whole cover was tinted a heavy blue colour with the title in white.’
    • ‘The summer sun caught her light brown hair and turned it into a place of shadows, tinted with glints of gold.’
    • ‘It was this colour that tinted his broad moustache, and the short, precise goatee on his chin.’
    • ‘To his extreme surprise, Ramirez looked confused, and then pleased, a very faint blush tinting his cheeks a light pink.’
    • ‘The pale, shy light of dawn was tinting her brown-coloured tarpaulin tent.’
    • ‘Her head was directly under a lampshade, and warm light fell on her hair tinting it reddish-gold.’
    • ‘Glasses are usually needed and can be tinted to ease pain from too much sunlight.’
    1. 1.1 Dye (someone's hair) with a tint:
      ‘they spent hours having their hair tinted and set’
      • ‘He wears jeans with holes in fashionable places, and amber highlights tint his strategically mussed hair.’
      • ‘The only thing wrong with that picture was the fact that he had wild red hair, tinted with bits of black.’
      • ‘The screen was turned on again and it showed Jordan pass by a boy her age with brown and red tinted hair.’
      • ‘Bill looks slim and well-tanned and has a neat short haircut that has been tinted blond.’
      • ‘A tall, imposing man, it is hard to believe that he began his adult life as a trainee women's hairdresser, or that he was known within the game for the amount of time he spent tinting his hair.’
      • ‘She looked to be around my age with very dark brown hair that was tinted in maroon.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair was tinted with a bit of light brown and put in beautiful loose curls that Nicole adored.’
      • ‘In addition, chemical processes were used to tint, wave, curl, straighten, and condition the hair.’

Origin

Early 18th century: alteration (perhaps influenced by Italian tinta) of obsolete tinct ‘to colour, tint’, from Latin tinctus dyeing, from tingere to dye or colour.

Pronunciation:

tint

/tɪnt/