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[tingk-cher] /ˈtɪŋk tʃər/
Pharmacology. a solution of alcohol or of alcohol and water, containing animal, vegetable, or chemical drugs.
a slight infusion, as of some element or quality:
A tincture of education had softened his rude manners.
a trace; a smack or smattering; tinge:
a tincture of irony.
Heraldry. any of the colors, metals, or furs used for the fields, charges, etc., of an escutcheon or achievement of arms.
a dye or pigment.
verb (used with object), tinctured, tincturing.
to impart a tint or color to; tinge.
to imbue or infuse with something.
Origin of tincture
1350-1400; Middle English: dye < Latin tīnctūra dyeing. See tinct, -ure
Related forms
pretincture, noun
untinctured, adjective Unabridged
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  • Truth, however, needs a tincture of surprise to be entertaining.
  • Economics is their tincture for nearly every ill: create mini-markets for everything and watch our problems evaporate.
  • His only hands-on job is to pour the liquid tincture that gives the works their colour.
  • And if all else failed, there was always tincture of jaborandi.
  • Everything here is vegetarian, down to the last drop of tincture.
  • The tincture you have in your hands also has burdock in it.
  • All this comes with a certain tincture of yesteryear.
  • But there is a tincture of enforced humility in missing that has to be salutary for a venture such as this.
  • He thanked me with a smiling nod, measured out a few minims of the red tincture and added one of the powders.
  • Not merely giving the mind a slight tincture but a thorough and perfect dye.
British Dictionary definitions for tincture


(pharmacol) a medicinal extract in a solution of alcohol
a tint, colour, or tinge
a slight flavour, aroma, or trace
any one of the colours or either of the metals used on heraldic arms
(obsolete) a dye or pigment
(transitive) to give a tint or colour to
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tinctūra a dyeing, from tingere to dye
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Word Origin and History for tincture

c.1400, from Latin tinctura "act of dyeing or tingeing," from tinctus "dye," past participle of tingere "to tinge, dye, moisten, soak," from PIE root *teng- "to soak" (cf. Old High German dunkon "to soak," Greek tengein "to moisten"). Meaning "solution of medicine in a mixture of alcohol" is first recorded 1640s. The verb is recorded from 1610s.

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tincture in Medicine

tincture tinc·ture (tĭngk'chər)

  1. A coloring or dyeing substance.

  2. Abbr. tinct, tr An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine.

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