undertone

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noun un·der·tone \ˈən-dər-ˌtōn\

Definition of undertone

  1. 1 :  a low or subdued utterance or accompanying sound

  2. 2 :  a quality (as of emotion) underlying the surface of an utterance or action

  3. 3 :  a subdued color; specifically :  a color seen through and modifying another color

Examples of undertone in a sentence

  1. She commented in an undertone that the music was really not very good.

  2. The play is a comedy with dark undertones.

  3. The fabric is a rich brown color with undertones of red.

1806

First Known Use of undertone

1806


UNDERTONE Defined for English Language Learners

undertone

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noun un·der·tone \ˈən-dər-ˌtōn\

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

undertone

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noun un·der·tone \ˈən-dər-ˌtōn\

Definition of undertone for Students

  1. 1 :  a low or quiet voice They spoke in undertones.

  2. 2 :  a partly hidden feeling or meaning There was an undertone of anger in the answer.



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