monotone

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noun

mono·​tone ˈmä-nə-ˌtōn How to pronounce monotone (audio)
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: 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

monotone

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adjective

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2
: having a uniform color

Example Sentences

Noun She read the story in a dull monotone. He sang in a soft, low monotone. She spoke in a monotone voice.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Standing before a row of American and Justice Department flags, Garland read prepared remarks in his signature humdrum monotone. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2022 Fans at games in 2042 might wear virtual reality headsets that appear to add color and graphics to otherwise monotone uniforms. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 2 Sep. 2022 Even the act of debating itself involved a sort of affected roboticism: the proper spread was delivered with empty eyes, in a jerky monotone. Tess Mcnulty, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Except, like, funny: Even at his most mindbending, Fielder's work is always hysterical, with a humane focus that clashes wildly with his Vulcan-monotone delivery. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 15 July 2022 Some horticulturalists, like Jim Sutton, who is associate director of display design at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., view monotone gardening skeptically. Bart Ziegler, WSJ, 13 July 2022 Warhol’s monotone voice is perfectly suited to the documentary’s use of an AI voice reading the diaries, which was approved by his estate. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 17 June 2022 Step out of the monotone of daily life and remind your senses what adventure feels like with the captivating and intoxicating mix of aromas that is Pour Homme Parfum. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Onstage, Fred stands motionless and issues lines in a robotic monotone. Karen Schoemer, SPIN, 1 May 2022
Adjective
The device originally featured a monotone, robotic voice. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2022 The whirling sound of the hair dryer felt soothing, its monotone hum putting me in a calm, meditative state. Andrea Aliseda, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Sep. 2022 Talking too long or in a monotone voice will cause the interviewer’s mind to wander. Robin Ryan, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Springsteen's voice starts off weary, nearly monotone, then slowly lifted by a wall of sound (guitars, organ, sax, drums, glockenspiel, bass, keyboards) culminating in the finest woo-oah's! Debby Wolfinsohn, EW.com, 27 June 2022 Right-hander Zac Gallen, speaking in his dry, monotone voice on Sunday afternoon, sounded like a pitcher coming off a rough performance. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2022 Reading verbatim tends to flatten the vocal inflection and produce a monotone voice. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The artist, who died in 1987, was a master of his own cult of personality, and the robot was practically a manifestation of how the world perceived him: meticulously crafted, if a bit rigid and monotone in his conversational style. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 Between the mix of monotone suits and emblazoned Gucci accessories lies a sense of control that is in some ways otherworldly. Kimberly Aleah, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Greek monotonos monotonous

First Known Use

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monotone was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Monotone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monotone. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

monotone

noun

mono·​tone
ˈmän-ə-ˌtōn
1
: a series of syllables, words, or sentences on one unchanging key or pitch
speak in a monotone
2
: a single unchanging musical tone
3
: a boring sameness or repetition
a monotone of suburban houses

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