mo·​not·​o·​ny | \mə-ˈnä-tə-nē, -ˈnät-nē\

Definition of monotony 

1 : tedious sameness the monotony of the landscape the monotony of prison life fixing a variety of foods to avoid monotonySHAPE

2 : sameness of tone or sound the soft monotony of her voice

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Examples of monotony in a Sentence

She hated the monotony of the job. The brief storm was a relief from the monotony of the hot summer afternoon.

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Halloween stunt foods are something to look forward to, a momentary flicker of delight breaking up the relentless monotony of the forward march of time. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Halloween is an aesthetic, not a flavor.," 29 Oct. 2018 There are hitters meetings and pitchers meetings to evaluate opponents before each series, so more meetings by managers would lead to more monotony. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs Q&A: What is wrong with Yu Darvish? Why doesn’t MLB get rid of the worst umpires each year?," 8 May 2018 There are only a few slivers of metal in their design — inside the headband and as contrasting accents on the exterior — to break up the matte black monotony. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 Intel’s manufacturing monotony is starting to arouse attention on Wall Street. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chip launches, emphasizing connectivity this time around," 28 Aug. 2018 But many, faced with the monotony of days inside, had kept up with outside news. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Parolees Ready to Vote in Coming New York Primary," 15 Aug. 2018 Photo: Alamy My visit began with a cab ride through a stretch of north-central Lisbon, where a lack of zoning laws and wide variety of building styles has created a vague, visual monotony. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 The cast members here capture that monotony, to which their characters cling like a security blanket. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In an Energized ‘Iceman,’ the Drinks are on Denzel," 26 Apr. 2018 My brain was at recess, and anything that helped me escape the monotony was fair game. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "How Learning to Love Insomnia Finally Put Me to Sleep," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of monotony

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monotony

see monotonous

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English Language Learners Definition of monotony

: a lack of change that makes something boring : a monotonous quality


mo·​not·​o·​ny | \mə-ˈnä-tə-nē \
plural monotonies

Kids Definition of monotony

: a boring lack of change

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