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tone language

noun

Simple Definition of tone language

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tone language

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

Circa 1909

First Known Use of tone language

circa 1909


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