[ doo-uh-tohn, dyoo- ]

  1. of two tones or colors.

  1. a picture in two tones or colors.

  2. Printing.

    • 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.

    • an illustration printed by this method.

Origin of duotone

First recorded in 1905–10; duo- + tone

Words Nearby duotone

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How to use duotone in a sentence

  • 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) /

  1. a process for producing halftone illustrations using two shades of a single colour or black and a colour

  2. a picture produced by this process

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