tincture

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Latin tinctura, from the verb tingo. Compare tint, taint.

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Noun[edit]

tincture (plural tinctures)

  1. A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
  2. A tint, or an added colour.
  3. (heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
  4. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
  5. (humorous) A small alcoholic drink.
  6. An essential characteristic.
    • 1924, ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 6.
      for the earlier thinkers had no tincture of dialectic
  7. 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.
  8. A slight taste superadded to any substance.
    a tincture of orange peel
  9. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
    • Alexander Pope
      All manners take a tincture from our own.
    • Macaulay
      Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture.

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Verb[edit]

tincture (third-person singular simple present tinctures, present participle tincturing, simple past and past participle tinctured)

  1. to stain or impregnate (something) with colour

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Participle[edit]

tinctūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of tinctūrus