[ mon-uh-fon-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈfɒn ɪk /


Music. of or relating to monophony.
Also monaural, mono. of or noting a system of sound recording and reproduction using only a single channel.

Nearby words

  1. monophasia,
  2. monophasic,
  3. monophenol,
  4. monophenol oxidase,
  5. monophobia,
  6. monophony,
  7. monophosphate,
  8. monophthalmos,
  9. monophthong,
  10. monophthongize

Origin of monophonic

First recorded in 1880–85; monophon(y) + -ic

Related formsmon·o·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monophonic


/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈfɒnɪk) /


Also: monaural (of a system of broadcasting, recording, or reproducing sound) using only one channel between source and loudspeakerSometimes shortened to: mono Compare stereophonic
music of or relating to a style of musical composition consisting of a single melodic lineSee also monody (def. 3)
Derived Formsmonophony (mɒˈnɒfənɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for monophonic



of recordings, broadcasts, etc., "not stereo, having only one output signal," 1958, coined to be an opposite of stereophonic; from mono- + -phonic, from Greek phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).

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