[ doo-uh-tohn, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu əˌtoʊn, ˈdyu- /


of two tones or colors.


a picture in two tones or colors.
  1. a method of printing an illustration either in a dark and a tinted shade of the same color or in two different colors from two plates of a monochrome original made from negatives at different screen angles.
  2. an illustration printed by this method.

Nearby words

  1. duodenum,
  2. duologue,
  3. duomo,
  4. duopoly,
  5. duopsony,
  6. duotype,
  7. dup,
  8. dup.,
  9. duparc,
  10. dupatta

Origin of duotone

First recorded in 1905–10; duo- + tone

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Examples from the Web for duotone

  • Beautiful results are obtained in two colors by the "duograph" or "duotone" processes, the plates being made for two printings.

British Dictionary definitions for duotone


/ (ˈdjuːəˌtəʊn) /

noun printing

a process for producing halftone illustrations using two shades of a single colour or black and a colour
a picture produced by this process
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