Simple Definition of subtlety
: the quality or state of being subtle
: a small detail that is usually important but not obvious
Full Definition of subtlety
1 : the quality or state of being subtle
2 : something subtle
Examples of subtlety in a sentence
The pianist performed with subtlety and passion.
<we appreciated the subtlety with which our host indicated that it was time to leave: he volunteered to pack us a little lunch for the road>
Origin of subtlety
Middle English sotilte, subtilte, from Anglo-French sotilté, from Latin subtilitat-, subtilitas, from subtilis
First Known Use: 14th century
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