sub·​tile | \ ˈsə-tᵊl How to pronounce subtile (audio) , ˈsəb-tᵊl \
subtiler\ ˈsət-​lər How to pronounce subtiler (audio) , ˈsə-​tᵊl-​ər ; ˈsəb-​tə-​lər \; subtilest\ ˈsət-​ləst How to pronounce subtilest (audio) , ˈsə-​tᵊl-​əst ; ˈsəb-​tə-​ləst \

Definition of subtile

1 : subtle, elusive a subtile aroma

Other Words from subtile

subtilely \ ˈsət-​lē How to pronounce subtilely (audio) , ˈsə-​tᵊl-​(l)ē ; ˈsəb-​tə-​lē \ adverb
subtileness \ ˈsə-​tᵊl-​nəs How to pronounce subtileness (audio) , ˈsəb-​tᵊl-​ \ noun

First Known Use of subtile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for subtile

Middle English subtile, sotil subtle

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“Subtile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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