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tincture

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noun tinc·ture \ˈtiŋ(k)-chər\

Definition of tincture

  1. 1a archaic :  a substance that colors, dyes, or stainsb :  color, tint

  2. 2a :  a characteristic quality :  castb :  a slight admixture :  trace a tincture of doubt

  3. 3 obsolete :  an active principle or extract

  4. 4 :  a heraldic metal, color, or fur

  5. 5 :  a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent

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Examples of tincture in a sentence

  1. a ragged shirt that seemed to be stained with the tincture of blood

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of tincture

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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tincture

verb tinc·ture

Definition of tincture

tinctured

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tincturing

play \ˈtiŋ(k)-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tint or stain with a color :  tinge

  3. 2a :  to infuse or instill with a property or entity :  impregnateb :  to imbue with a quality :  affect writing tinctured with wit and wisdom

Examples of tincture in a sentence

  1. clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun

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First Known Use of tincture

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TINCTURE Defined for English Language Learners

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tincture

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noun tinc·ture \ˈtiŋ(k)-chər\

Definition of tincture for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

tincture

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noun tinc·ture \ˈtiŋ(k)-chər\

Medical Definition of tincture

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



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