Definition of nuance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnjuːɑːns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːɑːns//
[countable, uncountable]
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a very slight difference in meaning, sound, colour or somebody’s feelings that is not usually very obvious He watched her face intently to catch every nuance of expression. Her singing has both warmth of sound and delicacy of nuance. You need to be able to convey the subtle nuances of meaning of each word. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, ‘shade, subtlety’, from nuer ‘to shade’, based on Latin nubes ‘cloud’.Extra examples It took a while to get used to the social nuances of the office. Spectators may not understand all the nuances of the game. the painting’s subtle nuances of colour and texture
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nuance