1 a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning" [syn: nuance, nicety, shade, refinement]
2 the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew" [syn: niceness]
- The quality or fact of being subtle.
- With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.
- An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle
argument or distinction.
- The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.
- In the context of "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.
quality or act of being subtle
an instance of being subtle
- French: entremets
A subtlety (also sotelty or soteltie) was an entertainment dish used in the Middle Ages. It was a type of entremet used in medieval England. Among the popular ingredients for subtleties were various kinds of fowl, especially peafowl and swans. The birds would often be plucked and skinned and their meat seasoned, and then baked, grilled, or boiled; stuffed with fillings of all kinds; and finally redressed with their own skins. Supported by concealed wooden struts and decorated with their original plumage, the birds would be served in lifelike poses. There were also or hunting scenes and similar tableaux made of sugar.
- Adamson, Melitta Weiss (2004) Food in Medieval Times ISBN 0-313-32147-7
- Strong, Roy (2003) Feast: A History of Grand Eating ISBN 0-7126-6759-8
- How to Cook Medieval - A modern guide on how to make Western European medieval cuisine and subtleties
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