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monotone

noun mono·tone \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtōn \
Updated on: 16 Jan 2018

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 in a Sentence

  1. She read the story in a dull monotone.

  2. He sang in a soft, low monotone.

  3. She spoke in a monotone voice.

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Origin and Etymology of monotone

Greek monotonos monotonous

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


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monotone

adjective

Definition of monotone

1 : monotonic 2
2 : having a uniform color

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First Known Use of monotone

1760


MONOTONE Defined for English Language Learners

monotone

noun

Definition of monotone for English Language Learners

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



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