Definition of undertone
1 : a low or subdued utterance or accompanying sound
2 : a quality (as of emotion) underlying the surface of an utterance or action
3 : a subdued color; specifically : a color seen through and modifying another color
Examples of undertone in a sentence
She commented in an undertone that the music was really not very good.
The play is a comedy with dark undertones.
The fabric is a rich brown color with undertones of red.
First Known Use of undertone
UNDERTONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undertone for English Language Learners
: a low or quiet voice
: a quality, meaning, etc., that is present but not clear or obvious
: a color that you can see in small amounts
UNDERTONE Defined for Kids
Definition of undertone for Students
1 : a low or quiet voice <They spoke in undertones.>
2 : a partly hidden feeling or meaning <There was an undertone of anger in the answer.>
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