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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

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 What appears to be a decorative little logo above the nosepiece is in fact a button that unlatches the frame for swapping tints. Outside Online, "The Best Sunglasses of 2018," 15 May 2018 The skin tint is formulated with 75 percent water and patented with microfluidic technology for skin that glows all day. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 New Game-Changing Beauty Products to Invest in This Spring," 26 Mar. 2019 From her white blonde transformation, to her silver tint, to her enviable bubblegum pink shade, Kim continues to surprise fans with her hair choices. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Debuted Cherry Red Hair & It Looks Stunning," 24 Feb. 2019 Likewise, those with enough money can afford skilled stylists to crop the split ends from their hair and tint it to glow like the sun is always shining on it. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018 All of the K-pop girl group's rainbow dye jobs, space buns, and lip tints in one place. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 Police had stopped the car because the temporary license plate was not associated with any vehicle and because of excessive window tint. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marijuana dealer arrested in West Allis gets two years' probation," 25 May 2018 Source: Labor Department Credit: Soo Oh/The Wall Street Journal Kinestral Technologies Inc., which engineers and manufactures windows that use technology to produce adjustable levels of tint, is hiring. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Wages Rise at Fastest Rate in Nearly a Decade as Hiring Jumps," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Stir in a few drops of food coloring to tint black. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Black Cat, Bat, Spider, and Mice Doughnuts," 2 Oct. 2018 The Clarins Water Lip Stain in Orange Water has been my go-to tint lately. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Tried Orange Blush, the Japanese Makeup Trend That's All Over Pinterest," 29 Aug. 2018 Cleopatra may be famed for her eyeliner, but the Egyptian ruler was also known to tint her lips with a mixture of carmine and henna, Avon reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "National Lipstick Day: 5 things you never knew about the cosmetic," 28 July 2018 Unfortunately, there’s no way to tint the skin to indicate a gruesome sunburn. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Lost bikinis, found gingers, and Trump pardons: It’s a thing," 5 June 2018 Richardson pulled over one woman on Nov. 22, 2016, and warned her that her windows were illegally tinted, authorities said. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "N.J. state trooper and part-time Camden High coach charged with pulling over women to get their phone numbers," 19 Apr. 2018 In addition to tinting this delicious side dish a beautiful magenta, the beets in this recipe contain betalains pigments, which help lower inflammation. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Swiss Chard and Beets," 7 Jan. 2019 In California, a Republican state assembly candidate tinted his Jewish challenger a shade of green in an ad, adding $100 bills to his hands for good measure. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Republicans attack Jewish candidates, including Kim Schrier, with an age-old caricature: fistfuls of cash," 6 Nov. 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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