intonation

noun in·to·na·tion \ ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shən , -(ˌ)tō- \
|Updated on: 27 Jul 2018

Definition of intonation

1 : something that is intoned; specifically : the opening tones of a Gregorian chant
2 : the act of intoning and especially of chanting
3 : the ability to play or sing notes in tune
4 : manner of utterance; specifically : the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech

intonational

play \ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, -(ˌ)tō-\ adjective

Examples of intonation in a Sentence

  1. identical sentences, differing only in intonation

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First Known Use of intonation

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INTONATION Defined for English Language Learners

intonation

Definition of intonation for English Language Learners

  • : the rise and fall in the sound of your voice when you speak


INTONATION Defined for Kids

intonation

noun in·to·na·tion \ ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of intonation for Students

: the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech


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