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Borrowed from French teinture. See the doublet tincture.


teinture (plural teintures)

  1. (obsolete) colour; tinge; tincture
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for teinture in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From Old French, from Latin tinctūra, from tinctus the perfect passive participle of tingō.


teinture f (plural teintures)

  1. A liquid dye, colourant
  2. A color, shade thus applied
  3. A dying job, process
  4. A solution in ethric liquids such as alcohol, notably in pharmacy
  5. (figuratively) A superficial knowledge

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