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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: Old French nuer 'to make shades of color', from nue 'cloud'

nuance

noun
     
nu‧ance [countable]
a very slight, hardly noticeable difference in manner, colour, meaning etc [↪ subtlety]:
He was aware of every nuance in her voice.
nuance of
the painting's delicate nuances of color, tone, and texture
subtle nuances of meaning
nuanced adjective:
a skilful and nuanced performance

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