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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 window tint, the wrote in charging documents, turned out to be legal. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man allegedly assaulted by police officer arrested again after being pulled over for license plate," 11 June 2019 These are just a few of the cheeky names given to lipsticks, lip tints, nail polishes, and other cosmetics from some of our favorite brands. Rosa Sanchez, Teen Vogue, "How Your Favorite Cosmetics Products Got Their Cheeky Names," 11 Apr. 2019 The kit includes a tube of acrylic putty plus mixing materials, little bottles of color tint and a small bottle of lacquer for the topcoat. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Cracked kitchen tiles? Try a patch.," 10 June 2019 Clinique’s post-workout powder has a yellower tint to help tone down redness after exercise, Ms. Lauder said. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Sneakers? Check. Mascara? Check. Makeup is the New Workout Gear," 22 Jan. 2019 There’s no attempt to vary this, and everything has a vaguely bluish tint over it, like the whole story takes place at 6:30 am in November. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 Physical sunscreens don't necessarily leave a white tint on your lips, either. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Sunburn on Your Lips Is Especially Dangerous – Here’s How to Protect Them," 10 May 2019 By the turn of the century, the adverse effects of using arsenic tint were widely exposed, color technology had vastly improved, and the practice (thankfully) grew out of fashion. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "The Best Shade of Green is Actually Named for a Deadly Poison," 26 Apr. 2019 Urban Decay For Wende Zomnir, a founding partner of Urban Decay, the naming process behind every one of their lip tints involves a couple glasses of wine and a hilarious boardroom meeting. Rosa Sanchez, Teen Vogue, "How Your Favorite Cosmetics Products Got Their Cheeky Names," 11 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Officers also noticed his windows were illegally tinted, authorities said. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police find two guns in car after stopping driver for defective brake light," 8 July 2019 Hitting the streets in New York City this weekend, the model wore a pair of aerodynamic sunglasses that were tinted in a fiery red-orange finish. Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Puts Her Trademark Spin on These Trending Sunglasses," 26 May 2019 Serebrennikov, working with cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants, peers at this world through a veil of black-and-white nostalgia, tinted by occasional warm bursts of color and music video-style graphic curlicues. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Leto’ is a vibrant portrait of Leningrad’s underground ’80s rock scene," 19 June 2019 Other styling updates include a more sculpted front bumper with additional chrome accents and LED foglights, tinted LED taillights with a slightly different design, and a new rear bumper with tailpipes that are 0.8-inch larger. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW X1 Gets a Bigger Grille and a Bigger Screen," 29 May 2019 If skipping polish is simply an impossibility, Poole notes that wearers can cheat a bit with a layer of clear or slightly tinted polish. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "It’s Sandal Season and You Haven’t Had a Pedicure—Here’s How to Fake It," 6 Apr. 2019 Though salvaged, the images remain tinted by this history, their anonymity like a kind of sepia. The New York Review of Books, "Gaiutra Bahadur," 21 Dec. 2018 Its silverplate frame and tinted mirror shelves give it instant style, glamour and elegance. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why Every Home Could Use a Vintage Bar Cart," 17 May 2019 There's also a six-pan eyeshadow palette, tinted base, and tinted foundation. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "BTS and VT Cosmetics Revealed Products from Their K-Beauty Collaboration," 10 Oct. 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 How to pronounce tint (audio) \

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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