monotone


1mono·tone

noun \ˈmä-nə-ˌtōn\

: a way of talking or singing without raising or lowering the sound of your voice

Full Definition of MONOTONE

1
:  a succession of syllables, words, or sentences in one unvaried key or pitch
2
:  a single unvaried musical tone
3
:  a tedious sameness or reiteration
4
:  a person unable to produce or to distinguish between musical intervals

Examples of MONOTONE

  1. She read the story in a dull monotone.
  2. He sang in a soft, low monotone.
  3. She spoke in a monotone voice.

Origin of MONOTONE

Greek monotonos monotonous
First Known Use: 1644

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2monotone

adjective

Definition of MONOTONE

1
:  monotonic 2
2
:  having a uniform color

First Known Use of MONOTONE

1760

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

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