Complete Definition of "subtlety"

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Etymology
From Old French sutilté, from L. subtilitas|subtīlitās < subtilis|subtīlis "subtle".

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈsʌtəlti/
audio|en-us-subtlety.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun|subtlet|ies|-

  1. uncountable The quality or fact of being subtle.

#:With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.

  1. countable An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.

#:The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.

  1. context|countable|food An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.

#:At the king's coronation feast, several subtleties were served between main courses.

Translations
trans-top|quality or act of being subtle
Italian: sottigliezza f
Japanese: 微妙 (びみょう, bimyō)
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Russian: тонкость (tónkost’) f
Spanish: delicadeza f, sutileza f
Swedish: subtilitet
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trans-top|an instance of being subtle
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Spanish: sutileza f
Swedish: finess
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trans-top|illusion food
French: entremets
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ttbc|Novial: subtilaje, subtileso (2)

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