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English definition of “nuance”


noun [C]     /ˈnjuː.ɑːns/ US  /ˈnuː-/
a very slight difference in appearance , meaning , sound , etc.: The painter has managed to capture every nuance of the woman's expression . Linguists explore the nuances of language .Different and difference
(Definition of nuance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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