toneme

noun
to·​neme | \ ˈtō-ˌnēm How to pronounce toneme (audio) \

Definition of toneme

: an intonation phoneme in a tone language

Other Words from toneme

tonemic \ tō-​ˈnē-​mik How to pronounce toneme (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of toneme

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toneme

tone entry 1 + -eme

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“Toneme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toneme. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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