- to utter or recite in a singing tone or in prolonged monotones; chant
- to give a particular intonation to
- to sing or recite the opening phrase of (a chant, canticle, etc.)
Origin of intoneMiddle English entonen ; from Old French entoner ; from Medieval Latin intonare: see in- and amp; tone
verbin·toned, in·ton·ing, in·tones
- To recite in a singing tone.
- To utter in a monotone.
- To speak with a singing tone or with a particular intonation.
- Music To sing a plainsong intonation.
Origin of intoneMiddle English entonen, from Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin tonus, tone; see tone.
(third-person singular simple present intones, present participle intoning, simple past and past participle intoned)
From Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare