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


tinctured; tincturing\ ˈtiŋ(k)-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce tincturing (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 & Antonyms for tincture

Synonyms: Noun

cast, color, hue, shade, tinge, tint, tone

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], color, dye, paint, pigment, stain, tinge, tint

Antonyms: Verb


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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


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


clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the state is awash in dry marijuana flower that's dirt cheap, the specialized oils, tinctures and potent edibles used to alleviate severe illnesses can be harder to find and more expensive to buy. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all," 11 June 2019 Two others have received permission to start making edibles, oils, tinctures, patches and other products. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio medical marijuana prices are still high but going down as market grows," 9 Jan. 2019 Carson uses five drops daily of the THC free CBD oil tincture. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "CBD oil has made believers out of these Alabamians," 3 June 2019 Their product, extracted into a tincture, saved Charlotte from her seizures when no other medicine could. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 Currently, Pennsylvania only allows for the sale of marijuana oils, extracts, pills, and tinctures. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Pa. marijuana board OKs sale of cannabis leaf and flower," 9 Apr. 2018 The menu is refreshingly basic—no crazy ingredients or tinctures, no eye of newt. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Best Bars in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 Below, check out 11 of the things in my migraine toolbox, from an icy-cool massage roller to my hands-down favorite CBD tincture. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "I’ve Tried Countless Products to Relieve My Chronic Migraine Pain — These Are the Ones That Work," 11 Sep. 2018 Best-suited for larger dogs, this oil is completely non-toxic, and its mouthwatering tinctures release a smoking scent that dogs love. Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Ways To Chill With CBD Oil," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That sartorial elegance bespoke a deep embrace of tradition, tinctured with just the right amount of satire to be amusing. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "Tom Wolfe Had the Right Stuff," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tincture


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


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tincture


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

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English Language Learners Definition of tincture

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


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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