toneme

[ toh-neem ]
/ ˈtoʊ nim /

noun

a phoneme consisting of a contrastive feature of tone in a tone language: Swedish has two tonemes.

Nearby words

  1. tone, theobald wolfe,
  2. tone-deaf,
  3. tone-setter,
  4. tone-up,
  5. toneless,
  6. toner,
  7. tonetic,
  8. tonetician,
  9. tonetics,
  10. tonette

Origin of toneme

First recorded in 1920–25; tone + -eme

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British Dictionary definitions for toneme

toneme

/ (ˈtəʊniːm) /

noun

linguistics a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone
Derived Formstonemic, adjective

Word Origin for toneme

C20: from tone + -eme

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