- 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.
- 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
Related Words for intonerartist, musician, voice, diva, soloist, crooner, vocalist, troubadour, songbird, songster, minstrel, artiste, warbler, chorister, accompanist, chanter, nightingale, chanteuse, intoner, melodist
- 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
Word Origin for intone
late 14c., entunen "sing, chant, recite," from Old French entoner "sing, chant" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intonare "sing according to tone," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tonus "tone," from Greek tonos (see tenet). A different verb intone was in use 17c.18c., from Latin intonare "to thunder, resound," figuratively "to cry out vehemently," from tonare "to thunder." Related: Intoned; intoning.