noun nu·ance \ˈnü-ˌän(t)s, ˈnyü-, -ˌäⁿs; nü-ˈ, nyü-ˈ\

: a very small difference in color, tone, meaning, etc.

Full Definition of NUANCE

:  a subtle distinction or variation
:  a subtle quality :  nicety
:  sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value)
nu·anced \-ˌän(t)st, -ˈän(t)st\ adjective

Examples of NUANCE

  1. He listened to the subtle nuances in the song.
  2. a poem of little depth and nuance
  3. Between the lines of lexicographical nuance and quotation, Johnson was paying old debts and seeking out wisdom about himself and his adopted city, as well as compiling perhaps the greatest commonplace book in the history of mankind. —Andrew O'Hagan, New York Review, 27 Apr. 2006

Origin of NUANCE

French, from Middle French, shade of color, from nuer to make shades of color, from nue cloud, from Latin nubes; perhaps akin to Welsh nudd mist
First Known Use: 1781

Rhymes with NUANCE


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