(1)   (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
(2)   A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color
"After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
(3)   An indication that something has been present
"There wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
"A tincture of condescension"
(4)   A substances that colors metals


(5)   Stain or tint with a color
"The leaves were tinctured with a bright red"
(6)   Fill, as with a certain quality
"The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"


  1. a pigment or other substance that colours or dyes
  2. a tint, or an added colour
  3. : a colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
  4. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine
  5. a small alcoholic drink
  6. an essential characteristic
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 6.
      for the earlier thinkers had no tincture of dialectic