monotone

[mon-uh-tohn]

noun

adjective


Origin of monotone

1635–45; < French monotone < Late Greek monótonos monotonous
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Contemporary Examples of monotone

Historical Examples of monotone

  • There was a monotone of desolation as she went on speaking in a whisper meant for the ears of no other.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The inexorable voice went on in its monotone, as if he had not spoken.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Then her voice rose above the monotone that had contented her hitherto.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Her husband caused it by kicking her in the stomach," she said in a monotone.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The voice was a monotone, minus expression, almost minus life.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for monotone

monotone

noun

a single unvaried pitch level in speech, sound, etc
utterance, etc, without change of pitch
lack of variety in style, expression. etc

adjective

unvarying or monotonous
Also: monotonic (ˌmɒnəˈtɒnɪk) maths (of a sequence or function) consistently increasing or decreasing in value
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Word Origin and History for monotone
n.

"unvarying tone in music or speaking," 1640s; see monotony. OED says use of the word as a noun "is peculiar to Eng." Related: Monotonic; monotonically.

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