A tint is a shade or type of color. You might describe ocean water during a storm as having tints of green and gray.

After you play with your dog in the snow, your cold cheeks might take on a tint of pink. And an artist might change the color of the sky in a painting with a tint of purple. Tint is also a verb, meaning "shade" or "color very slightly." So rinsing beets will probably tint your white sink. Before it evolved into tint, the word was tinct, from the Latin tinctus, "a dyeing."

Definitions of tint

n a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

shade, tincture, tone
a soft shade of a color
a strong deep vividness of hue
tinge, undertone
a pale or subdued color
Type of:
color, coloring, colour, colouring
a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

v color lightly

tinct, tinge, touch
apply henna to one's hair
stain or tint with a color
give a certain color to
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

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