[ mon-uh-tohn ]
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  1. a vocal utterance or series of speech sounds in one unvaried tone.

  2. a single tone without harmony or variation in pitch.

  1. recitation or singing of words in such a tone.

  2. a person who is unable to discriminate between or to reproduce differences in musical pitch, especially in singing.

  3. sameness of tone or color, sometimes to a boring degree.

  1. consisting of or characterized by a uniform tone of one color: a monotone drape.: Compare monochromatic (defs. 1, 2).

  1. Mathematics. monotonic (def. 2).

Origin of monotone

1635–45; <French monotone<Late Greek monótonosmonotonous

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British Dictionary definitions for monotone


/ (ˈmɒnəˌtəʊn) /

  1. a single unvaried pitch level in speech, sound, etc

  2. utterance, etc, without change of pitch

  1. lack of variety in style, expression. etc

  1. unvarying or monotonous

  2. Also: monotonic (ˌmɒnəˈtɒnɪk) maths (of a sequence or function) consistently increasing or decreasing in value

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