[ˈnjuːɑːns, ˈnjuːɑːns]

nuance Definition

a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.

Using nuance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nuance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The writer's use of nuance in her language made the story more interesting.

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    The painting was full of nuance and depth.

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    He was able to detect the nuance in her tone of voice.

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    The actor's performance was praised for its nuance.

nuance Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for nuance

Phrases with nuance

  • a subtle aspect or detail that was not noticed or understood


    I think you missed the nuance of what she was trying to say.

  • a subtle difference in the meaning of words or phrases


    The nuance of meaning between the two words is very slight.

  • a subtle difference in the shade or tone of a color


    The artist used many different nuances of color in her painting.

Origins of nuance

from French 'nuance', meaning 'shade of color'


Summary: nuance in Brief

The term 'nuance' [ˈnjuːɑːns, ˈnjuːɑːns] refers to a subtle difference in meaning, expression, or sound. It is often used to describe language, art, or performance that has depth and complexity, as in 'The writer's use of nuance in her language made the story more interesting.' 'Nuance' can also refer to a missed detail or a subtle difference in color.

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