Monotone Definition

mŏnə-tōn
noun
Uninterrupted repetition of the same tone.
Webster's New World
A single tone repeated with different words or time values, especially in a rendering of a liturgical text.
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The utterance of words without change of pitch or without expression or feeling.
Webster's New World
Recitation, chanting, or singing in such a tone.
Webster's New World
Monotony or sameness of tone, style, manner, color, etc.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Characterized by or uttered in a monotone.
A monotone recitation of names.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Of or having a single color.
A cat with a monotone coat.
American Heritage
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.
American Heritage
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.
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verb
(intransitive) To speak in a monotone.
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Other Word Forms of Monotone

Noun

Singular:
monotone
Plural:
monotones

Origin of Monotone

  • From the post-Classical Latin monotonus (“unvarying in tone") or its etymon the Ancient Greek μονότονος (monotonos, “steady", “unwavering"); compare cognate adjectives, namely the French monotone, the German monoton, the Italian monotono, and the Spanish monótono, as well as the slightly earlier English noun monotony and adjective monotonical.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Greek monotonos monotonous monotonous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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