\ˈtint \

Definition of tint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually slight or pale coloration : hue

b : any of various lighter or darker shades of a color : tinge

2 : a variation of a color produced by adding white to it and characterized by a low saturation with relatively high lightness

3 : dye for the hair

4 : a usually slight modifying quality or characteristic : touch

5 : a shaded effect in engraving produced by fine parallel lines close together

6 : a panel of light color serving as background


tinted; tinting; tints

Definition of tint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to impart or apply a tint to : color

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Other Words from tint


tinter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tint

Synonyms: Noun

cast, color, hue, shade, tincture, tinge, tone

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of tint in a Sentence


a photo with a sepia tint green with a yellowish tint She got a red tint at the salon.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The white of the skateboard loses its murky yellow-green tint, and the sky gains a natural blue shade (as well as an entire palm tree, thanks to the extended exposure). Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision," 14 Nov. 2018 Gentle, easy lip tints and stains are hitting shelves left and right from brands as skin-friendly as Origins and as dramatic as Pat McGrath Labs. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Lip Tints That Are Pretty, Easy, and Hydrating," 8 Oct. 2018 This effect gives the moon its reddish tint during an eclipse. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 My low-maintenance beauty hack is: Dr. Hauschka’s bronzing tint. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Entrepreneur Tyler Haney on her Best Beauty Hacks," 5 Oct. 2018 With its bronzy tint, the gold would works well with winter tones of gray, black, blue. Megan Inayoshi, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute," 2 Dec. 2013 This heavily bejeweled female figure with Eastern headdress still has flecks of red in her hair and on her cheeks, with gold tints on her pendant necklaces. Jori Finkel, New York Times, "Five Must-See Artworks at the Renovated Getty Villa," 13 Apr. 2018 The holo balms come in shimmery rose and lilac, while the matte balms come in rose and raspberry tints. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Dior’s Cult Lip Balm Gets Even Better," 2 Feb. 2018 The resulting look falls somewhere between a creamy, nontransparent gloss and a sheer tint. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: Maybelline New York Is Launching a Super-Shiny Oil-Infused Lipstick Line in June," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Door and side windows on both sides let in even more light—as does a ceiling yachting hatch—and all windows are tinted for privacy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny camper trailer can be towed by almost any car," 9 Oct. 2018 The cement is tinted various colors and poured into molds. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Deirdre Doherty on Designing an Industrial Chic Bathroom," 1 Sep. 2013 Shouldn't Flynn rose-tint them, soften them, girl-power them? A.j. Finn, chicagotribune.com, "Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad," 13 July 2018 But if a neutralizing shield in one fell swoop is your desire, Vive Sana's organic, baby-safe Daily Protezione Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is tinted and semi-matte. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 New Sunscreens Worth Stocking Up On This Memorial Day Weekend," 22 May 2018 Woods, who is black, rolled down his tinted window to yell at Zavodny, who responded by repeatedly threatening Woods while using racial slurs, Woods said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Strongsville man accused of shouting racial slurs, ramming car in Cleveland road-rage incident," 6 Apr. 2018 Along with her eyebrows, Skye uses one other beauty product every day: Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "4 Products Emily Skye Uses for Full, Natural Brows," 12 July 2018 Everyone that comes in my house has tinted red arms from swatches and shadows. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and BFF Jordyn Woods Are Living Together," 29 June 2018 In one of Maye’s pictures, a runner is gritting his teeth midstride while, a few feet behind him, the limo creeps along in ominous pursuit, a ghostly white hand visible in the car’s tinted windows. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Speed Project: A Crazy, 340-Mile Desert Relay," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of tint


1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tint


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

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English Language Learners Definition of tint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small amount of color

: dye used to change the color of hair

: an act of changing the color of hair by using dye



English Language Learners Definition of tint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a small amount of color to (something)


\ˈtint \

Kids Definition of tint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slight or pale coloring

2 : a shade of a color


tinted; tinting

Kids Definition of tint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a tint to : color

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