Definition of intone
: to utter in musical or prolonged tones : recite in singing tones or in a monotone
: to utter something in singing tones or in monotone
Examples of intone in a sentence
“Coming soon to a theater near you,” the announcer intoned.
<“The day is begun,” the narrator intoned>
Origin and Etymology of intone
Medieval French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare, from Latin in- + tonus tone
First Known Use: 1513
INTONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intone for English Language Learners
: to speak (a prayer, poem, etc.) in a way that sounds like music or chanting
: to say (something) in a slow and even voice
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up intone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).