The friendly tone of her letter.
The green wallpaper had a particularly somber tone.
Took an angry tone with the reporters.
A room with an elegant tone.
Light tones of blue.
The cultured tone of their house.
Paintings that lent the room tone.
Three tones of green.
Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.
Children often read with a tone.
This picture has tone.
A tone of contempt.
Rubber that has lost its tone.
An example of tone is off-key.
An example of tone is to add white eyeshadow to black eyeshadow so that it is not so harsh.
An example of tone is sarcasm.
An example of tone is to lift weights every day to build muscle.
Exercises that tone up the body.
- to give a lower or less intense tone to
- to become softened
- to make (something written or said) less harsh or more moderate
- to harmonize with
- to give a higher or more intense tone to
- to become strengthened or heightened
Other Word Forms
Origin of tone
- Middle English ton from Old French from Latin tonus from Greek tonos string, a stretching ten- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition