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Meaning & Definition of Tone in English





1. The quality of a person's voice

  • "He began in a conversational tone"
  • "He spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
  • tone,
  • tone of voice

2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

  • "The beijing dialect uses four tones"
  • tone

3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

  • "The timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"
  • "The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
  • timbre,
  • timber,
  • quality,
  • tone

4. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

  • "The feel of the city excited him"
  • "A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
  • "It had the smell of treason"
  • spirit,
  • tone,
  • feel,
  • feeling,
  • flavor,
  • flavour,
  • look,
  • smell

5. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

  • "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
  • shade,
  • tint,
  • tincture,
  • tone

6. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

  • "The singer held the note too long"
  • note,
  • musical note,
  • tone

7. A steady sound without overtones

  • "They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
  • tone,
  • pure tone

8. The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

  • "The doctor tested my tonicity"
  • tonicity,
  • tonus,
  • tone

9. A musical interval of two semitones

  • tone,
  • whole tone,
  • step,
  • whole step

10. The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

  • "The general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"
  • "From the tone of her behavior i gathered that i had outstayed my welcome"
  • tone


1. Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

  • "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
  • tone,
  • chant,
  • intone

2. Vary the pitch of one's speech

  • tone,
  • inflect,
  • modulate

3. Change the color or tone of

  • "Tone a negative"
  • tone

4. Change to a color image

  • "Tone a photographic image"
  • tone

5. Give a healthy elasticity to

  • "Let's tone our muscles"
  • tone,
  • tone up,
  • strengthen

Examples of using

Tom got angry when Mary referred to his friend in that tone.
The boss spoke in a condescending tone when addressing the female staff members.
The piano has a good tone.