- the state or quality of being subtle; delicacy
- a fine distinction or the ability to make such a distinction
- something subtle
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- something subtle, as a fine point or detail not easy to see or understand:[countable]I couldn't grasp the subtleties involved in his discussion.
- the state or quality of being subtle.
- delicacy or nicety of character or meaning.
- acuteness or penetration of mind;
delicacy of discrimination.
- a fine-drawn distinction;
refinement of reasoning:the subtleties of logic.
- something subtle.
- World History[Hist.]an elaborate confection, ornate in construction and ornamentation, sometimes edible but more often made and used as a decoration for a table or buffet.
- Latin subtīlitāt- (stem of subtīlitās) fineness, equivalent. to subtīli(s) subtile + -tāt- -ty2
- Old French sutilte
- Middle English subtelte, sutilte 1300–50