from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coloring or dyeing substance; a pigment.
  • n. An imparted color; a tint.
  • n. A quality that colors, pervades, or distinguishes.
  • n. A trace or vestige: "a faint tincture of condescension” ( Robert Craft).
  • n. An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine: tincture of iodine.
  • n. Heraldry A metal, color, or fur.
  • transitive v. To stain or tint with a color.
  • transitive v. To infuse, as with a quality; impregnate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
  • n. A tint, or an added colour.
  • n. A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
  • n. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
  • n. A small alcoholic drink.
  • n. An essential characteristic.
  • v. to stain or impregnate (something) with colour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tinge or shade of color; a tint.
  • n. One of the metals, colors, or furs used in armory.
  • n. The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent.
  • n. A solution (commonly colored) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution.
  • n. A slight taste superadded to any substance.
  • n. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
  • transitive v. To communicate a slight foreign color to; to tinge; to impregnate with some extraneous matter.
  • transitive v. To imbue the mind of; to communicate a portion of anything foreign to; to tinge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To imbue with color; impart a shade of color to; tinge; tint; stain.
  • To give a peculiar taste, flavor, or character to; imbue; impregnate; season.
  • To taint; corrupt.
  • n. The color with which anything is imbued or impregnated; natural or distinctive coloring; tint; hue; shade of color.
  • n. In heraldry, one of the metals, colors, or furs used in heraldic achievements.
  • n. Something exhibiting or imparting a tint or shade of color; colored or coloring matter; pigment.
  • n. Infused or derived quality or tone; distinctive character as due to some intermixture or influence; imparted tendency or inclination: used of both material and immaterial things; in alchemy, etc., a supposed spiritual principle or immaterial substance whose character or quality may be infused into material things, then said to be tinctured : as, tincture of the “Red Lion.”
  • n. A shade or modicum of a quality or of the distinctive quality of something; a coloring or flavoring; a tinge; a taste; a spice; a smack: as, a tincture of garlic in a dish.
  • n. A fluid containing the essential principles or elements of some substance diffused through it by solution; specifically, in medicine, a solution of a vegetable, an animal, or sometimes a mineral substance, in a menstruum of alcohol, sulphuric ether, or spirit of ammonia, prepared by maceration, digestion, or (now most commonly) percolation.
  • n. Bitter tincture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stain or tint with a color
  • n. an indication that something has been present
  • n. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
  • n. a substances that colors metals
  • v. fill, as with a certain quality
  • n. (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution


Middle English, from Latin tīnctūra, a dyeing, from tīnctus, past participle of tingere, to dye.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Latin tinctura, from the verb tingo. Compare tint, taint. (Wiktionary)



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