Definition of tint in US English:

tint

noun

  • 1A shade or variety of a color.

    ‘the sky was taking on an apricot tint’
    • ‘The structure is surprisingly complex, viewing the same events from different perspectives, which Zhang helpfully colour-codes in ravishing washes of primary tints.’
    • ‘Adding tints and shades introduces variety through value.’
    • ‘In southern climates, the harsher, brighter sunlight will cause pale tints to appear washed out.’
    • ‘You could even include questions about tints and shades like pink and maroon, and a question about low intensity, such as blue-gray.’
    • ‘Golden tints, honey and apricots are better on medium skin tones.’
    • ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about colour is here: from complementary colours, colour combinations, shades, tints and contrasts - the list goes on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sun was lowering, bathing the whole atmosphere with a pink tint, coloring the scenery with life, adding substance to the air itself.’
    • ‘His eyes were so piercing, a beautiful hazel color, with tints and shades of brown, and green flecks scattered.’
    • ‘We are never going to recapture earlier times, of course, and there is a rosy tint to most parents' spectacles.’
    • ‘Purchase broccoli with a deep green or deep green with a purple tint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prodigal servings of pure saturated (often fluorescent) color are fattened further with a rich welter of tints, tones and shades.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘A light tint of red shaded his cheeks, as he looked away.’
    • ‘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.’
    shade, colour, tone, hue, tinge, cast, tincture, flush, blush
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    1. 1.1Printing An area of faint even color printed as a halftone, 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.’
      • ‘She breathed the cold air with a tint of peculiarity.’
      • ‘A tint of sorrow creeps into my mind as I recall the ‘good old times’ that are gone, never to return.’
      • ‘But there was still a tint of fear.’
      • ‘But whenever I looked into his magnetic eyes, I saw a tint of romance.’
      • ‘Instead of returning his smile, she widened her expressive eyes, eyes that conveyed a mix of surprise and a tint of fear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I appreciate the gesture, but I can do on my own,’ I replied with a tint of sarcasm.’
      • ‘‘That's because the fog is harder to control,’ answered Jade with a tint of sarcasm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If there is a tint of humanities in me it's from Underwood family.’
      • ‘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 glitter, and it sparkled with every turn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Outside, the air was fair, with a tint of some lost season's chill.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Some of his solos have a tint of the classical, but, in addition, he has worked with rock bands.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An artificial dye for coloring the hair.

    • ‘The orange tint coloured her hair and made her skin look ill, but I recognised her.’
    • ‘For more information about tints and dyes, circle the corresponding number on the reader service card.’
    • ‘It is a way of life, whether it be a change in colour, tints, hairpieces or whatever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some other things that can cause a very bad hair day include over processing your hair with color, tints, bleach or perms.’
    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]usually be tinted
  • 1Color (something) slightly; tinge.

    ‘her skin was tinted with delicate color’
    • ‘John turned to look at Anna, the falling sun tinting her a light orange.’
    • ‘It was this colour that tinted his broad moustache, and the short, precise goatee on his chin.’
    • ‘Her eyes blazed with a new and different kind of sadness, the kind that is tinted with anger and regret.’
    • ‘When the sun fell on it at just the right angle, it appeared tinted with light blue.’
    • ‘Should your monitor display images that are heavily tinted, check both ends of its cable connection.’
    • ‘I'd said that once before, long ago, but that hadn't been tinted with the undertones I was feeling now.’
    • ‘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 moon was just beyond his visitor, its glow tinting the blazing red hair with silver specks of light.’
    • ‘The summer sun caught her light brown hair and turned it into a place of shadows, tinted with glints of gold.’
    • ‘It was extremely low to the ground, with blazing red paint and black tinted windows.’
    • ‘The pale, shy light of dawn was tinting her brown-coloured tarpaulin tent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most tinted and mirrored films include a coating to block the transmission of ultraviolet light.’
    • ‘To his extreme surprise, Ramirez looked confused, and then pleased, a very faint blush tinting his cheeks a light pink.’
    • ‘She had dark locks of hair that were tinted with gray and her eyes spoke volumes in silver.’
    • ‘She was clearly in her middle ages, with golden blond hair tinted with gray and worried brown eyes.’
    • ‘The day was overcast, so the light was tinted with a peculiar green-grey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was there some ulterior motive behind his innocent smile that was tinted from within?’
    1. 1.1 Dye (someone's hair) with a tint.
      • ‘Her blonde hair was tinted with a bit of light brown and put in beautiful loose curls that Nicole adored.’
      • ‘He wears jeans with holes in fashionable places, and amber highlights tint his strategically mussed hair.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, chemical processes were used to tint, wave, curl, straighten, and condition the hair.’
      • ‘She looked to be around my age with very dark brown hair that was tinted in maroon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only thing wrong with that picture was the fact that he had wild red hair, tinted with bits of black.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tint

/tint//tɪnt/