intonation[in′tō nā′s̸hən, -tə-]
- 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.
- 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 of intonationMedieval Latin intonatio
- 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.
- (linguistics) The rise and fall of the voice in speaking.
- The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
- Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise.
- Her intonation was false.
- Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest.
- A thundering; thunder.