- The definition of intonation is the way the pitch of your voice goes up and down as you talk or reciting something by singing it.
- An example of intonation is the way your voice raises in pitch at the end of a question.
- An example oif intonation is the Gregorian chant.
intonation definition by Webster's New World
- the act of intoning
- the quality of singing or playing tones in or out of tune with regard to a given standard of pitch
- the opening words of a Gregorian chant
- the singing of these
- the system of significant levels and variations in pitch sequences within an utterance
- the type of pitch used at the end of a spoken sentence or phrase: to ask a question with a rising intonation
Origin: Midieval Latin intonatio
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- intonational adjective
intonation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of intoning or chanting.b. An intoned utterance.
- A manner of producing or uttering tones, especially with regard to accuracy of pitch.
- Linguistics The use of changing pitch to convey syntactic information: a questioning intonation.
- A use of pitch characteristic of a speaker or dialect: “He could hear authority, the old parish intonation coming back into his voice” (Graham Greene).
- Music The opening phrase of a plainsong composition sung as a solo part.
- inˌto·naˈtion·al adjective