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: a usually slight or pale coloration : hue
: any of various lighter or darker shades of a color : tinge
: a variation of a color produced by adding white to it and characterized by a low saturation with relatively high lightness
: dye for the hair
: a usually slight modifying quality or characteristic : touch
: a shaded effect in engraving produced by fine parallel lines close together
: a panel of light color serving as background


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tinted; tinting; tints

transitive verb

: to impart or apply a tint to : color
tinter noun

Examples of tint in a Sentence

Noun a photo with a sepia tint green with a yellowish tint She got a red tint at the salon. Verb They tinted the water with blue dye. if you tint that blue paint with this yellow paint, you should get a nice shade of green
Recent Examples on the Web
Not only is this lip treatment super moisturizing but the hint of tint is the ultimate pick-me-up to any look, without trying too hard. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 There are more than 150 leaded glass windows throughout the home, some with a faint pink or purple tint, and original crystal light fixtures are stamped with the initials of Dorothy Phipps. Mark David, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Geometric reduction, chromatic reduction and flat color tints. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 These special glasses usually have a tint called FL-41, Kevin Weber, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, 7 Feb. 2024 The difference between the two, aside from the obvious tint? Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 2 Feb. 2024 Due to the lack of light underwater, most scenes appear to have a blue or green tint to both the naked eye and the camera lens. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 Instead, experiment with different tints and shades to curate a holly jolly aesthetic. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2023 Think, Glow Recipe's original (and extremely viral) Watermelon Dew Drops, but with an illuminating tint of pearly golden bronze that gives your skin just the right amount of warmth and glow. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 24 Jan. 2024
Mix edible luster dust with powdered sugar to tint the coconut on the birds' nest toppings and give your dessert a shimmer. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 Glendalough Wild Rose Gin SHOP NOW Born from their head distiller’s love for his mother, Rose, Glendalough’s blush-pink gin is tinted with wild rose petals. Ellen Fort, Saveur, 8 Feb. 2024 Because methane absorbs red and green light, the equator ends up reflecting more blue light; by contrast, the poles, which have half as much methane, are tinted slightly green. Becky Ferreira, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 The officers could not see who else was inside because the SUV had tinted windows, according to the prosecutors' investigation. Colleen Slevin The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 6 Feb. 2024 Add your food coloring to tint the macarons at this time if desired. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2024 Aside from tinting your hair, the formula doesn’t stain. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 For years, astronomers have puzzled over why Uranus is tinted green during its solstices but radiates a bluer glow at its equinoxes. Becky Ferreira, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 This formula is lightweight and has a watery consistency that tints the lips without any noticeable texture. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



alteration of earlier tinct, from Latin tinctus act of dyeing, from tingere to tinge

First Known Use


1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tint was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Tint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tint. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a slight or pale coloring
: any of various shades of a color
: a variation of a color made by adding white to it


2 of 2 verb
: to give or apply a tint or color to
tinted glasses

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