- The definition of monotone is something flat or unchanging in pitch, or something that is all one color.
- A tone of voice that never changes or goes up and down is an example of a voice that would be described as monotone.
- A solid blue wall is an example of something that is monotone in color.
- If you paint every room in your house the same dull flat beige, this is an example of a time when your house is monotone.
- Monotone is a continuous sound, especially of someone speaking, that doesn't change in pitch or inflection.
An example of a monotone is when someone has a dull-flat voice, like Ben Stein.
- uninterrupted repetition of the same tone
- the utterance of words without change of pitch or without expression or feeling
- monotony or sameness of tone, style, manner, color, etc.
- a single, unchanging musical tone
- recitation, chanting, or singing in such a tone
- a person who can sing only in such a tone
Origin of monotonefrom Late Latin monotonus: see monotonous
- A succession of sounds or words uttered in a single tone of voice.
- Music a. A single tone repeated with different words or time values, especially in a rendering of a liturgical text.b. A chant in a single tone.
- Sameness or dull repetition in sound, style, manner, or color.
- Characterized by or uttered in a monotone: a monotone recitation of names.
- Of or having a single color: a cat with a monotone coat.
- also mon·o·ton·ic Mathematics Designating sequences, the successive members of which either consistently increase or decrease but do not oscillate in relative value. Each member of a monotone increasing sequence is greater than or equal to the preceding member; each member of a monotone decreasing sequence is less than or equal to the preceding member.
Origin of monotoneFrom Greek monotonos monotonous ; see monotonous .
(comparative more monotone, superlative most monotone)
(third-person singular simple present monotones, present participle monotoning, simple past and past participle monotoned)
- (intransitive) To speak in a monotone.
From the post-Classical Latin monotonus (“unvarying in tone") or its etymon the Ancient Greek Î¼Î¿Î½ÏŒÏ„Î¿Î½Î¿Ï‚ (monotonos, “steady", “unwavering"); compare cognate adjectives, namely the French monotone, the German monoton, the Italian monotono, and the Spanish monÃ³tono, as well as the slightly earlier English noun monotony and adjective monotonical.