from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
  • noun Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone.
  • transitive verb To treat or consider with nuance; give nuances to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any one of the different gradations by which a color passes from its lightest to its darkest shade; a shade of difference or variation in a color.
  • noun A delicate degree of difference in anything, as perceived by any of the senses or by the intellect: as, nuances of sound or of expression.
  • noun In music:
  • noun A shading or coloring of a phrase or passage by variations either of tempo or of force.
  • noun A florid vocal passage; fioritura.
  • To shade and give delicate tones of expression to, as a piece of music or a picture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A shade of difference; a delicate gradation.
  • noun A small difference in meaning, significance, or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A minor distinction.
  • noun Subtlety or fine detail.

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

  • noun a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude


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

[French, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nūba, from Latin nūbēs.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French nuance meaning "nuance", "shade" or "hue".


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