Marcello could tell by the slight change or nuance in Maxine’s tone of voice that she was annoyed with him. She usually kissed his cheek warmly when he helped her with her coat, but tonight Maxine pecked his cheek with a little less warmth than usual, an uncharacteristic nuance or shift. Maxine had a slight edge in her voice as they chatted over dinner; Marcello realized that this small difference or nuance in her tone must mean something, but he just couldn’t figure out what. Her social nuances or implied shades of meaning this evening were just too fine to understand.
Quiz: What is an example of a nuance?
- An accidental meeting between two people that leads to a lifelong friendship.
- A brightly colored painting that stands out in a room painted entirely white.
- A slight change in pitch that a singer deliberately makes during a song.