[ uhn-der-tohn ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌtoʊn /


a low or subdued tone: to speak in undertones.
an unobtrusive or background sound: an undertone of static from the receiver.
an underlying quality or element; undercurrent: There was an undertone of regret in his refusal.
a subdued color; a color modified by an underlying color.

Origin of undertone

First recorded in 1800–10; under- + tone
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British Dictionary definitions for undertone

/ (ˈʌndəˌtəʊn) /


a quiet or hushed tone of voice
an underlying tone or suggestion in words or actionshis offer has undertones of dishonesty
a pale or subdued colour
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