\ˈtōnd \

Definition of toned 

1 : having tone or a specified tone : characterized or distinguished by a tone

2 of paper : having a slight tint

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Europe’s foreign-policy elites, taking their cues from Germany’s placid Angela Merkel, acted as though their high-toned inertia would make the Trump administration’s concerns just . . . Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "It’s Trump’s Iran Deal Now," 9 May 2018 Many were dressed puffy coats tied up with belts and in pretty pastel or cool-toned colors, except for the occasional pop of orange. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 Rounding out the top four was the high-toned, earthy Porter Creek, made from old vines of carignan from Mendocino, blended with a small percentage of zinfandel grown next door to the winery in the Russian River Valley. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 The odds of catching a two-toned lobster is estimated at 50-in a-million by the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, compared to one-in-two million for blue lobsters. Eli Meixler, Time, "A 'One-in-100 Million' Cotton Candy-Colored Lobster Was Found Near Maine," 14 June 2018 These mutations can produce some crazy colorings—brilliant blue or yellow lobsters, speckled calicos, or even two-toned split lobsters. Robinson Russell, National Geographic, "Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy," 19 June 2018 Her hair gorgeously frames her neutral-toned makeup — an apparent trend tonight. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards," 20 May 2018 His wobbly intonation and off-kilter rhythmic sensibility create a beguiling tension with the grooves rolling behind his sweet-toned voice—he's started reminding me of Peter Perrett of the Only Ones. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Halifax indie rockers Nap Eyes charm with a sleek, strummy new album," 5 Apr. 2018 After Cardi's face was set with Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder, two lip products were used to create her nude-toned lips: (P)outliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Oh Cocoa and Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in J’Adore. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Are the Exact Makeup Products Cardi B Wore to Her Baby Shower," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of toned

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of toned was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of toned

: having or showing strength or firmness

: having a certain type of tone or color

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