[ in-tohn ]
/ ɪnˈtoʊn /

verb (used with object), in·toned, in·ton·ing.

to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.
to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).
to recite or chant in monotone.

verb (used without object), in·toned, in·ton·ing.

to speak or recite in a singing voice, especially in monotone; chant.
Music. to produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice.

Origin of intone

1475–85; < Medieval Latin intonāre; replacing earlier entone < Middle French entoner < Medieval Latin; see in-2, tone


in·ton·er, nounhalf-in·toned, adjectiveun·in·toned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for intoner

/ (ɪnˈtəʊn) /


to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone
(intr) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone
to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong

Derived forms of intone

intoner, noun

Word Origin for intone

C15: from Medieval Latin intonare, from in- ² + tone
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