mo·​not·​o·​ny | \ mə-ˈnä-tə-nē How to pronounce monotony (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web For Bernard Carlson, playing from the car takes away some of the monotony that the pandemic has delivered. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage bingo hall goes curbside to keep the game going during ‘hunker-down’," 13 Dec. 2020 Speaking from personal experience, slipping on the jet black tweed version instantly transported me to someplace polished, far removed from the monotony of my unending quarantine. Roxanne Fequiere, Vogue, "The Designer Crafting ’40s-Inspired Clothes from High-End Castoffs," 15 Jan. 2021 Thunstrom believes the tight schedule will help reduce the monotony of being holed up in a hotel room, though strategic adjustments might be a challenge. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Whitecaps' entire season, playoffs compressed into two weeks in Lake Placid," 22 Jan. 2021 Feeling that flutter of hope that a sweet little weather event will break us out of our COVID winter monotony? oregonlive, "Will it snow in Portland next week? Maybe," 20 Jan. 2021 While the comic strip Dilbert found success in highlighting the absurdities of cubicles and micromanagement, the film Clockwatchers (1997) added the lens of sexism in the workplace in its commentary on office monotony and politics. Isha Aran, The New Republic, "A Brief Cultural History of Work Sucking," 15 Jan. 2021 The unique circumstances of the year also led to a fight against monotony. Natalie Morin,, "Music Saved 2020: The 29 Best Songs Of The Year," 21 Dec. 2020 To mix up the strange monotony of a mid-pandemic, two-month van trip over the summer, my friend Brandon drove up from Salt Lake City to join us on our journey. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Grand Teton Is a Hiker's Park," 23 Nov. 2020 Many people are experiencing fatigue from a lack of social contact and the monotony of life during the pandemic, making gatherings for the holidays even more appealing. Lauren Caruba,, "‘A dark winter’: San Antonio health experts warn of tough months ahead for coronavirus transmission," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Monotony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce monotony (audio) \
plural monotonies

Kids Definition of monotony

: a boring lack of change

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