Origin of intonation
Examples from the Web for intonation
Wardrobe, mannerisms, and intonation are fair game, and Chu certainly has his detractors there.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate|Keith Williams|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can say it on the radio because you have the voice and the intonation, but that is totally different in print.
Everything else being so still, each inflection and intonation of voice is beautifully distinct.Cats|W. Gordon Stables
She only repeated with her peculiar manner and intonation—'je le veux.'Story of My Life, volumes 1-3|Augustus J. C. Hare
She had to be taught her part as a child is taught its lesson; word by word, intonation by intonation.Spiritual Adventures|Arthur Symons
She spoke the name after him in no surprise, with no intonation of perplexity.
Sweyn's answer was a query, with an intonation that implied he was clearing the ground for action.The Were-Wolf|Clemence Housman
British Dictionary definitions for intonation
- the correct or accurate pitching of intervals
- the capacity to play or sing in tuneSee also just intonation
Word Origin and History for intonation
1610s, "opening phrase of a melody," from French intonation, from Medieval Latin intonationem (nominative intonatio), from past participle stem of intonare (see intone). Meaning "modulation of the voice in speaking" is from 1791.