tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Definition of tincture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent
2a : a characteristic quality : cast
b : a slight admixture : trace a tincture of doubt
3a : color, tint
b archaic : a substance that colors, dyes, or stains
4 : a heraldic metal, color, or fur
5 obsolete : an active principle or extract

tincture

verb
tinctured; tincturing\ ˈtiŋ(k)-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce tincture (audio) , -​shriŋ \

Definition of tincture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tint or stain with a color : tinge
2a : to infuse or instill with a property or entity : impregnate
b : to imbue with a quality : affect writing tinctured with wit and wisdom

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Noun

Tincture derives from the same root as "tint" and "tinge" - the Latin verb tingere, meaning "to moisten or dip." "Tincture" specifically derives via Middle English from the Latin tinctus, the past participle of "tingere." When the word first appeared in English in the 14th century, "tincture" referred to a coloring matter or dye, but by the 17th century the word had acquired a number of additional meanings, including "a slight infusion or trace of something." "Tinge" and "shade" are two other words referring to color that can be used the same way. "Tincture" can also refer, among other things, to the colors used in a coat of arms or an herbal or medicinal solution.

Examples of tincture in a Sentence

Noun a ragged shirt that seemed to be stained with the tincture of blood Verb clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His brother, who lived in New York at the time, recommended CBD and Khoury found instant relief using a salve and tincture. Katie Shapiro, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Naternal’s broad-spectrum CBD oil tincture combines naturally occurring CBD extracts with cannabinoids and terpenes to create a THC-free formula. Health.com, 14 May 2021 Available in natural olive oil and mint chocolate flavors, this CBD tincture is a whole plant extract that includes compounds like phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids for additional wellness benefits. Health.com, 14 May 2021 Speaking of recovery, CBD oils and tincture have done wonders in optimizing mind and body functions. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The tincture bottles come with a medicine dropper, which allows the green liquid to aesthetically swirl into water — perfect for magical TikTok visuals as in the two videos below. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 For the third and final step, Witherspoon grabs a light-pink tincture. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 8 Apr. 2021 But Saturday, with a slightly greater tincture of dampness in the air, gave the suggestion of life in process, with trees coming increasingly into leaf and flowers moving increasingly toward full bloom. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 Or dab on the bloom in the form of a body tincture, as was done centuries ago. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The orchestral arrangements are tinctured with dissonance; sustained synthesizer tones slide on and off pitch, feeling precarious. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 To avoid a rush at the pharmacy, Capitol Wellness Solutions scheduled appointments for patients to pick up the liquid tinctures that will be the first medical marijuana product available — bottles that come with a dropper for patients to use. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019 To avoid a rush at the pharmacy, Capitol Wellness Solutions scheduled appointments for patients to pick up the liquid tinctures that will be the first medical marijuana product available — bottles that come with a dropper for patients to use. Melinda Deslatte, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2019 That sartorial elegance bespoke a deep embrace of tradition, tinctured with just the right amount of satire to be amusing. Roger Kimball, WSJ, 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tincture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tincture

Noun

Middle English, from Latin tinctura act of dyeing, from tinctus, past participle of tingere to tinge

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“Tincture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tincture. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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tincture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tincture

technical : a medicine that is made of a drug mixed with alcohol

tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Medical Definition of tincture

: a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic or hydroalcoholic menstruum — compare liquor sense b

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