tone language

noun

Definition of tone language

  1. :  a language (such as Chinese or Zulu) in which variations in tone distinguish words or phrases of different meaning that otherwise would sound alike

First Known Use of tone language

circa 1909


TONE LANGUAGE Defined for English Language Learners

tone language

noun

Definition of tone language for English Language Learners

  • : a language (such as Chinese) in which changes in the tone of words indicate different meanings


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