tin·​type ˈtin-ˌtīp How to pronounce tintype (audio)

Examples of tintype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saturday-Monday, July 22-24: Vintage tintype photography sessions, conducted by Westslope Tintype. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 July 2023 Lines gathered outside a stand that sold newsboy caps and another that offered on-site tintype portraits. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 20 June 2023 Good-ridge and Ball also adopted the tintype process, which produced images on a thin sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 June 2023 The fading tintype of a long-dead great-great-great-aunt that creeps you out. Amanda Chemeche, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2023 The medium has grown and changed over the centuries, both aesthetically and technologically, but whether someone is shooting on an iPhone or a bulbous tintype camera, the results can be magical and inspiring. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2023 Old tintypes sit on top of a 19th-century Singer sewing machine handed down from Shirley’s grandmother. Leigh-Ann Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 Get a tarot reading, tintype photography or have your silhouette drawn. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2023 Time capsuled in tintype photographs. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tintype was in 1864

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“Tintype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tintype. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


tin·​type -ˌtīp How to pronounce tintype (audio)
: an early photograph consisting of a positive image taken directly on a thin iron plate having a darkened surface

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