tone language

tone language


: a language (such as Chinese) in which changes in the tone of words indicate different meanings

Full Definition of TONE LANGUAGE

:  a language (as Chinese or Zulu) in which variations in tone distinguish words or phrases of different meaning that otherwise would sound alike

First Known Use of TONE LANGUAGE

circa 1909



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Previous Word in the Dictionary: tone–deaf
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